sophomore slump. The league will figure him out and he will just be a good point guard. He will have similar numbers to his rookie year. Maybe a little better. Oh, and he will probably miss a 1/4 of the season to some injury.
I expect his points, assists, rebounds and steals to go up a bit with the increased minutes played and a less frantic schedule. One thing people aren't talking much about when it comes to Irving... What not having Ramon Sessions did/will do to his minutes. Byron Scott had the benefit of bringing Kyrie along very slowly last year because he had a very capable backup point guard. When that safety blanket was gone for Byron, you saw a dramatic increase in Kyrie's minutes and an increase in his overall production.
With all of that said, I wouldn't be surprised if his efficiency dropped a bit. Let's face it... percentages of 47/88/40 are insanely high for a point guard at any stage of their career, let alone a teenaged rookie. I think his FT% and 3PT% may actually go up, but overall FG% may drop, only because That 46-48% range is insanely difficult for this position in a league filled with quality PGs.
With those increased minutes and a heavier lean on him offensively, a slight drop in FG% is almost to be expected.
I'm thinking somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, 1.5 steals on 44/90/40. That would be a very solid season for Kyrie.
The biggest strides he needs to make this year is his defense. He is already a borderline elite offensive player, imo.
I expect he'll get better as a player, but his stats will stay about the same as his rookie season due to receiving more attention from the opposition. I agree with what someone said above about him having a big third year, barring injuries.
I dont think he will have 2nd year slump. I wont be surprise if he averaged 20 a game to be honest, minutes will be the biggest factor, with no legit back up he should play 38-40 minutes a game. Im excited for the cavs, thompson looks better too, as for waiters, i look for him to struggle this season, that jump shot looks broke tbh.