A lot has been said about Cavaliers’ rookie point guard Kyrie Irving over the last couple of weeks, but nearly none of it has been rooted in statistics. Thankfully, we have Elias Sports Bureau for that.
Kyrie Irving made nine of 16 field-goal attempts on Monday while scoring 25 points; it’s the fifth consecutive game that Irving has scored 20 or more points and made at least half of his shots from the floor. That’s the longest streak of that kind by a rookie in Cavaliers history and over the last 10 seasons, the only other rookies to fashion such a streak were Blake Griffin (six games last season) and Michael Beasley (five games in 2008-09).
Let that marinate for a second. Irving, a point guard, has provided efficiency that rivals Blake Griffin, in his rookie campaign after playing only 11 contests at the collegiate level. Also, despite LeBron James calling Cleveland home in 2003-04, at no point did he provide five-straight 20-point contests with field goal percentages north of the half-made point.
For good measure, Irving is also the first Cavaliers rookie to break the 25-point threshold within his first 10 games as a professional since Dujuan Wagner (2002). James did not exceed 25 points until his 12th contest where he scorred 28 against the Washington Wizards.
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