How does Kyrie Irving Compare to NBA #1 Overall Picks Derrick Rose, John Wall?

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It’s only natural to compare Duke and soon-to-be Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving to the Washington Wizards John Wall and the Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose. After Thursday evening, it will mark three years in a row that a point guard went first overall, so this juxtaposition of the three franchise floor generals will continue on for many years.

Irving was been as good as advertised in his 11 college basketball games at Duke similar to what John Wall brought to the floor at Kentucky in ’09-’10. Offensively, he can do it all and shows a tremendous skill set for a young point guard.

Irving hung out with Wall at the NBA lottery, and met him during his official UK visit. Irving articulated the advice Wall gave him.

“He just told me to keep my head high when I go through rookie ups-and-downs, and just enjoy the draft process.”

Go here for the first part of this interview feature

By Paul M. Banks

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Duke’s Kyrie Irving Ready to be a #1 Pick Franchise Player?

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It is thought, but not confirmed that the Cleveland Cavaliers will take Duke point guard Kyrie Irving Thursday night with the #1 overall pick in the NBA Draft.

The Cavs haven’t told him he’ll be the first overall selection, but it is likely between him and Derrick Williams, and conventional wisdom seems to be leaning towards Irving.

With his numbers: 17.5 points per game, 4.3 assists per game, 46 percent shooting from beyond the arc, it’s easy to see why. But he’s only played 11 games of college basketball, so it’s only natural to wonder if he’s ready -physically and mentally- to be a cornerstone for a NBA franchise.

By Paul M. Banks

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Minnesota Timberwolves’ 2011 NBA Draft Options

It was assumed that the Minnesota Timberwolves would struggle this season. But with those struggles would come improvement from a season ago.

Early on the Wolves weren’t a good team, but they were at least fun to watch as there was always an abundance of energy.

Now the Wolves look like they’ve checked out, and taken leaps backwards from the progression they showed in December.

While much of that blame can go on the shoulders of head coach Kurt Rambis, for the sake of this blog I will chalk it up to a lack of talent.

With the Wolves on the cusp of receiving a top five pick in next June’s draft, these are the five options that Wolves will have in the draft.

Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke, 6’1’’, 19.

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