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Kyrie Irving

Scouting Report

Despite being injured for most of his freshman season at Duke in 2010-11, Irving is the consensus No. 1 pick in the draft. Irving played in only 11 games for the Blue Devils as an injured big toe on his right foot sidelined him for 3 1/2 months. When Irving was healthy, he was electrifying. He averaged 17.5 points, 4.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds while shooting 52.9 percent and hitting 46.2 percent of his 3-pointers. He also made 90.1 percent of his free throws. Duke spent much of the season involved in the ongoing drama of when - or even if - Irving would return. He finally came back for the NCAA tournament, and didn't seem to be slowed at all by the toe injury. He reached double figures in scoring in each of his three tourney games, capped by a 28-point showing in the loss to Arizona in the West regional semifinals. Irving has an exceptional first step off the dribble to easily blow by opponents while driving the lane, and can also hit the mid-range jumper. He brings much more to the offense than just scoring, however. Irving is a point guard built out of the Derrick Rose mold, as he is a prolific scorer who can also efficiently run an offense. He has tremendous ball-handling skills along with dazzling passing ability and a knack for running a fast break. Irving is just as sound defensively. He has long arms, helping him get 1.5 steals per game last season. There are some concerns about Irving's durability, and he may have a difficult time adjusting to an 82-game schedule after last season's injury. But because of his overall athletic abilities and high basketball IQ, Irving is likely to go No. 1 overall.

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