Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers is an NBA superstar in the making. He finished the 2012-13 season averaging 22.5 points per game in 59 games. Irving’s average would have been in the top 10 in the league if he had played enough games to qualify for the scoring title. Point is, Irving is the real deal, but the ballers in his hometown could have told you that years ago.
Before starring at Duke, Irving played at St. Patrick’s High School in Elizabeth, N.J., just west of New York City. As the spring turns into summer, the outskirts of New York are ripe for pick-up games, like the one Irving stepped into on Monday in nearby Montclair State University (a half-hour away from Elizabeth depending on Parkway traffic).
As you can see in the video below, Irving was NBA Jam-like: unstoppable from inside or outside. Crossovers, splitting double-teams, dunking, jumpers, threes — it’s all there. Also, check out all the guys recording the show with their cell phones. While the players guarding Irving may not be NBA-level talent, they are probably better than plenty of D-I players. Wait until he gets interior help in Cleveland/gets out of Cleveland.