Irving with the Cavaliers
|No. 2 – Cleveland Cavaliers|
March 23, 1992 |
|Nationality||Australian / American|
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||191 lb (87 kg)|
|High school||St. Patrick
(Elizabeth, New Jersey)
|NBA Draft||2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall|
|Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers|
|League||National Basketball Association|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Kyrie Andrew Irving (born March 23, 1992) is an Australian-American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He started at point guard for Duke University as a freshman before being selected as the 1st overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by Cleveland. He won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 2012. Irving was born in Melbourne, Australia and grew up in New Jersey.
Kyrie Irving was born on March 23, 1992 in Melbourne, Australia. He was the second child to be born to Drederick and Elizabeth Irving. He has an older sister, Asia, and a younger sister, London. His father played for Boston University then went on to play professional basketball in Australia for the Bulleen Boomers. Irving lived in the small town of Cue, Australia before relocating to the United States when he was two years old. He has dual citizenship in the United States and Australia. Irving's mother, Elizabeth, died from an illness when he was four, so Drederick raised him with the help of Irving's aunts. He grew up in West Orange, New Jersey, where he often went to his dad's adult-league games. His inspiration to play in the NBA came after playing at Continental Airlines Arena during a school trip in fourth grade where he stated "I will play in the NBA, I promise". As a teenager, Irving played for the Road Runners of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU).
High school career
Kyrie Irving played for Montclair Kimberley Academy his freshman and sophomore years in high school. He averaged 26.5 points, 10.3 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 3.6 steals and became only the school's 2nd 1,000 point scorer. In his sophomore year, he led Montclair to its first New Jersey Prep 'B' state title. After that year, he transferred to St. Patrick High School because he felt he needed a bigger challenge. He had to sit out the first 30 games of St. Patrick's season due to the transfer. While at St. Patrick, Irving played with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who was widely regarded as one of the best players in the class of 2011. In his first season at St. Patrick, Irving averaged 17.0 ppg., 5.0 rpg., 6.0 apg. and 2.0 spg. He also led his team to their third New Jersey Tournament of Champions title in four years. In August 2009, he played in the Nike Global Challenge in which he led the USA East to the tournament title. He was the MVP with 21.3 ppg. and 4.3 apg The following year, St. Patrick was banned from the state tournament for holding practice prior to the permitted start of the winter sports season. Despite being banned from the state tournament, St. Patrick went 24-3 and won the Union County Tournament championship. Kyrie finished his senior year with 24.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg. and 7.0 apg. In his two years at St. Patrick, he lettered twice.
On January 19, 2010, Irving was selected to the 2010 Junior National Select Team. The team played at the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon, on April 10. He was also selected to play in the 2010 McDonald's All-American Game and the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic, where he was named as co-MVP with Harrison Barnes. In June 2010 Irving was a part of the United States gold medal winning team at the FIBA Americas Under-18 Championship. Irving was the #2 player in the class of 2010 by Scout.com, #3 player in the ESPNU 100, and rated as the #4 player by Rivals.com. In addition, he was ranked #1 among point guards by ESPNU in 2010.
Irving committed to Duke on October 22, 2009, in a television broadcast on ESPNU. Irving started playing with Duke in the 2010–11 basketball season under the guidance of head coach Mike Krzyzewski. He led the team in scoring at 17.4 points per game on 53.2% shooting through the first eight games of the season. In addition, he added 5.1 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game as he quickly began to make his case for NCAA Freshman of the Year.
In Duke's 9th game of the season, Irving suffered a severe ligament injury in his right big toe that sidelined him indefinitely. His right foot was placed in a cast on December 10, 2010. The cast was removed on February 4, 2011, and Irving began rehab.
On March 17, the day before Duke played Hampton in the first round of the NCAA tournament, it was revealed that Kyrie would return for his first game since December 4. It was announced that he would come off of the bench and play limited minutes.
Duke lost to Arizona in the Sweet Sixteen. Irving scored 28 points in what turned out to be his last game for Duke.
Cleveland Cavaliers (2011–present)
Irving announced that he would forgo his final three seasons of eligibility and enter the 2011 NBA Draft where he was the number 1 pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He signed an agent in early May 2011. Irving signed a contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers alongside rookie teammate Tristan Thompson on December 10, 2011.
Irving got off to a fast start, and through twenty-three games, had ten games with 20+ points, including a loss to the Nets in which he had 32 points. In that game, Irving scored 21 points in the fourth quarter alone.
Both Irving and his teammate Thompson were named to the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge. However, Irving played for Team Chuck, while Thompson played for Team Shaq. Irving scored 34 points in the game, earning MVP honors. Irving won the 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year Award, receiving 117 of a possible 120 first-place votes. Irving was also the only unanimous selection to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Over the season, he averaged 18.5 points, 5.4 assists and shot .469 from the field and .399 on three-pointers.
In a Las Vegas-based Cavaliers practice on July 14, 2012, Irving sustained a broken right hand after reportedly slapping it against a padded wall after committing a turnover. "I am a little disappointed," remarked Irving. "I have to be more responsible about my health. It was just crazy. It happened so fast." It was announced that Irving would require surgery on July 18th to repair the hand.
In his second game back against the New York Knicks on December 15, Irving scored a career-high 41 points along with five rebounds and five assists while wearing a black protective face mask, having broken a bone on a hard fall against Milwaukee. Irving became the youngest player in NBA history to score 40 points in Madison Square Garden as he was a year younger than when Michael Jordan did it in 1985.
Irving was selected for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, making his first appearance in the event.
Irving also participated in the Rising Stars Game, scoring 32 points for Team Shaq in a losing effort.
NBA career statistics
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Irving has made a promise to his father that he would finish his bachelor's degree at Duke by taking classes during the next few summers. In 2012, he took on the role of "Uncle Drew" in a series of Pepsi Max advertisements. In the same year, he appeared on an episode of the Disney XD series Kickin' It.
Awards and honors
- 2010 McDonald's All-American team selection
- 2010 Nike Hoop Summit All-American team selection
- 2010 Jordan Brand High School All-American team selection
- 2011 NBA Draft 1st Overall Draft Pick
- 2011–12 NBA Rookie of the Month, December, January, February, March
- 2012 Rising Stars Challenge MVP
- 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year Award
- 2012 NBA All-Rookie First Team
- 2013 Three-Point Shootout winner
- 2013 NBA All-Star
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- Irving on Disney show, return of his 'uncle'
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