4. Kyrie Irving
Before the 2018-19 NBA season, Kyrie Irving was easily a top three point guard and borderline top two. The offensive guru stood as one of the only players to dethrone the Golden State Warriors at their peak and was destined for greatness with the Boston Celtics.
Prepared to storm through the Eastern Conference, Irving had everything he needed to win a championship. As the season progressed, it became clear that something was missing. Perhaps Irving isn’t capable of leading a team on his own.
The Celtics opened up the playoffs with a reassuring sweep of the Indiana Pacers, then an inspiring blowout victory in Game 1 versus the Milwaukee Bucks. Of course, this success didn’t last as the Celtics dropped four straight games. Irving averaged 19.0 points on just 30.1 percent shooting from the field across the final four games of the series.
Irving has once again hit the reset button on his career by joining the Brooklyn Nets. Here, Irving is on a mission to get back to the top of the mountain. Still an all-time great ball-handler and finisher around the rim, Irving is set for a spectacular comeback season.
At 27 years of age, Irving has plenty of time to move up this list. For now, he has a bit more to prove to us after a season of disappointment.