7. Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers
By far the youngest player on this list, Kyrie Irving is breaking through what the critics thought his ceiling could be. He is literally changing how scouts view point guards, and players in general.
Did anyone think Irving would be so quick to take over the league after looking OK in nine college games at Duke?
His handles may already be the best in the league, his shot is shortly becoming one of the best in the game and he can get to the rim at will. He will be the face of USA basketball come the next FIBA tournament, and could have the Cavaliers fighting for a playoff spot in 2013.
Irving is flashy, but also the most fundamentally sound player on this list. He has flavor and style (as noted by his Pepsi “Uncle Drew’” commercials), yet is a smart, humble kid. Irving could be the next big thing in the NBA and surely will be at the top of this list in a few years.
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