Is Kyrie Irving Really That Much Better of a Player This Season?
As the Celtics climbed to the top of the Eastern Conference in November and have hung out there for the past two months, the acquisition of Kyrie Irving has drawn the most attention as a key to their success.
Irving has been phenomenal, no doubt, averaging 24.9 points and 5.0 assists per game. He’s also given more on defense this season than we’ve ever seen, though some of his play on that end has waned in recent weeks. He still deserves credit for helping Boston to a historic defensive mark.
Yet for all the talk about Irving having been a different player this year, how much has his game changed since he left Cleveland? How much is a result of Brad Stevens? How much is due to Irving’s own decisions? Let’s take a look.