PG: Kyrie Irving, John Wall
After being the first overall pick in the 2011 Draft, Kyrie Irving has had big shoes to fill in Cleveland. After the messy departure of LeBron James, Cavalier fans were desperate for someone to stand behind. In just two seasons, Irving has shown signs that he can become a transcendent star.
Last season, in just 34.7 minutes per game, Irving averaged 22.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.5 steals. Irving has shown the poise of a player far beyond the age of 21 years. Kyrie was the 2011-12 Rookie of the Year and made his first All-Star team last season.
Irving has otherworldly ball-handling skills and can score with the best of them. Paired with his sweet shooting stroke, Irving will find himself in the race for a scoring title as he gets physically stronger. It’s a foregone conclusion that Irving is one of the top point guards in the league and in a few seasons, it’s not a stretch to predict he will be in MVP discussions.
Like Irving, John Wall was the first overall pick in his draft. After being drafted in 2010, Wall was plagued by injuries and did not play more than 66 games in any of his three seasons. He spent much of the beginning of last season on the disabled list, but when Wall did return, he led the Wizards out of the mire. The Wizards won 4 games in 32 tries without Wall; with Wall, the Wizards went 24-25.
After the All-Star break, Wall 20.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 1.5 blocks in just 34.9 minutes per game. Barring injury, Wall can become one of the best scoring, rebounding and playmaking guards of the decade.