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NBA Draft 2011: Is Kyrie Irving Really the Second Coming of Chris Paul?

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NBA Draft 2011: Is Kyrie Irving Really the Second Coming of Chris Paul?
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Chris Paul entered the NBA in 2005 as the fourth pick by the New Orleans Hornets. He was the second point guard taken in his draft class, one pick behind Deron Williams.

Kyrie Irving will undoubtedly be the first point guard taken in the 2011 NBA Draft. Irving is the beneficiary of an extremely weak true point guard class. Irving chose to leave after just one year as a Duke Blue Devil.

After two years at Wake Forest, Chris Paul declared his eligibility for the draft. Kyrie Irving did so after a mere 11 games during his freshman year. He felt that his body of work in so few games was good enough to prove to NBA scouts that he's ready to turn pro—and it worked.

Talk about someone that probably would have been a prep-to-pro if the new rule wasn't in effect.

David Aldridge said on NBA.com that, "Irving's quickness, floor game, toughness and creativity make him a potential star in the Chris Paul mode."

Irving has been likened by many to Paul, which raises the eyebrows of many NBA fans that have seen CP3 go to work. But will Irving live up to the hype?

Here's five reasons why he'll fall short of Paul's elite status.

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