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Although he spent almost his entire freshman season on the sidelines, not many experts are disputing Kyrie Irving being the most talented player in the NBA draft.
His smooth game and court vision make him a player capable of turning a franchise around.
What Will Make Him an All-Star?
Irving doesn't wow you with any one skill, which is what makes him so good.
His off the dribble game and strength near the rim is already advanced beyond his years, and more work in the weight room should help him matchup against strong point guards including Derrick Rose and Deron Williams.
Pro Comparison: A young Gilbert Arenas, before the bizarre personality traits began to surface.
Irving has strong character with tremendous upside, creativity and the ability to score and find teammates depending on what the situation calls for.
Best Case Scenario: Irving averages 20 and 10 as a rookie, the Cavaliers make the playoffs, and a banner is placed on the office building near Quicken Loans Arena.
If Irving averages 15 and 6 as a rookie and the Cavs show improvement, he will be a success. Don't look for consistent play all season, but the dense fog of sadness is beginning to break in Cleveland.
Worst Case Scenario: He pulls a Jason Williams and struggles as a rookie. Even before the motorcycle accident, there were plenty of signs Williams, another former Dukey, was overmatched at the NBA level.
Unlike Williams, Irving is more of a pure point guard and a better finisher at the rim. Not much potential for a bust here.
All-Star Forecast: 3-5 Years...It would be easier if the Eastern Conference had fewer great point guards, but there will be room for Irving soon enough.
Overall, the 2011 NBA draft class isn't very exciting, but players like Irving and Williams will make it worth paying attention to.
Cleveland is on the clock...and Irving is the obvious choice.