ESPN’s True Hoop network is ranking EVERY player in the NBA for the third season, and the Cavaliers have a player in the top ten for the first time in the rankings.
Kyrie Irving jumped up from number 22 in last season’s rankings to number eight this year. He just edged out Chicago’s Derrick Rose, who fell to number nine after being ranked fifth last season.
“Irving, Grant Hill, Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson are the only players in NBA history to average at least 18 points and five assists per game while shooting at least 45 percent from the field in each of their first two NBA seasons.”
Kyrie Irving will turn 22 on March 23rd, 2014.
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