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Old 05-29-2012, 11:33 AM   #1
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Default Putting Kyrie's Rookie Stats into Perspective

Heres a great article i found, comparing kyrie's rookie year stats, to all time great players' rookie years

some highlights:

His 21.8 points per-36 minutes were 9th in the entire NBA. Every player ahead of him on that list was an All-Star. Of the players ahead of him on that list, only Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Kevin Durant had a better field goal percentage. Think about that for a moment. That's just absurd. Only James, Durant, and Kevin Love had a True Shooting % better than Kyrie's 56.6%. Once again, this is just insane. It was his rookie season and there's an argument to be made that he's already a top-10 (if not higher) scorer. He does it with both volume and efficiency that is matched only by the absolutely elite NBA players.

Another thing that's interesting to point out is Kyrie's assist rate. We saw before that he trailed Ricky Rubio by nearly three assists per game. But when you look at the assist rate (the percentage of teammates' baskets that he assists on, while he's on the floor), they are much closer. Kyrie's rate was 36.5% while Rubio's was 37.4%. Those numbers give us a better idea of the difference between these two players as facilitators. It's much closer than people tend to think.

Because some of you asked for it, I'll give you an idea of how dominant he has been in the fourth quarter and "clutch time". According to, "clutch time" is when the game is within 5 points in either direction, with less than 5 minutes left in the fourth quarter or overtime. Based on that definition, Kyrie Irving actually LED the NBA in points per 48 minutes of clutch time. He scored 56.4 points per 48 minutes of clutch time. That is 6 points more than the second place guy, Kevin Durant. Too add to that, his field goal percentage rocketed up to 54.4% when the game is on the line. Perhaps the most impressive part of this is that his buckets scored at the end of games are hardly ever assisted on. Just 19% of his buckets in the vital portions of games come from a teammate's assist. That means he is taking on the entire defense and creating his own shot. And he does it with startling efficiency.

So not only is he one of the best rookies of all time, he's also already one of the best closers in the game. He doesn't fear the moment. He steps up his game. He's 20 years old.

the most impressive thing in the article for me was:
Only four rookies in nba history have averaged 18 ppg, 5 apg, and 55 TS%
Those are:
Magic Johnson
Oscar Robertson
Michael Jordan
Kyrie Irving
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