This situation is reminiscent of the one that the Carolina Panthers faced when drafting Cameron Jerrell Newton as their No. 1 pick when other solid players with much more big conference football experience were available.
However, Newton was just too much of a high quality athlete to pass up. His high risk-high reward status makes the thought of drafting him a challenge, but the thought of letting him become your competition is not an option.
The combination of his skill and his dominance over the toughest conference in NCAA football including the intangible to win at every level he has experienced made him invaluable.
Kyrie Irving faces that same instance with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers have been scraping the bottom of the barrel for about a year now, and their troubles have been played out for everyone to see. Teams compete against them with a higher level of confidence simply because they are preparing to face a team that has already reached the peak of futility not too long after reaching the grandest height of success.
Cleveland has fallen so hard, and no matter how many fans would like to debate how influential the franchise is in a football town like Ohio, the fact will always remain that the state has been through their share of pain with the collapse of the organization.
Passing up Kyrie Irving when you have an aging point guard on one hand and a mediocre point guard on the other is unacceptable to say the least. His potential is what makes him so feasible a pick for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Even though he only played a minor portion of the season, his return showed the will and determination that winners must employ at the next level.
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