By: Evan Singleton
Kyrie Irving is having a phenomenal season, that much is clear. Sure is technically only averaging 23 points and 5 assists per game, but he is leading his team far better than realistically any other player in the league. That makes him incredibly value. Irving is a strong MVP candidate right now.
Like I had mentioned, the stats are not overwhelming. However, that is because Irving is not playing a full allotment of minutes. The Celtics have blown multiple teams out, leaving Irving playing just around 25 minutes on occassion.
If you take a look at his per 36 play, it shouts MVP candidate. Per 36 minutes, Irving is averaging 26 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. So if Irving were to be playing 34-36 minutes a game like he had last season, I believe we'd see career numbers out of him. We'd see true MVP statistics.
Speaking of value, let's remind ourselves how great Irving has been late in games this year. Being able to physically win your team a game is just about the top MVP quality, as far as I am concerned.
On multiple occasions, Irving has brought the Celtics back into games and/or put a dagger in their opponents chances of winning. Boston fans, myself included, were skeptical to see Isaiah Thomas go knowing how great he was late in games. However, Irving has allowed the Celtics to not miss a single beat late in games. In fact, he may be raising their late game play to another level.
Kyrie Irving has lead the Celtics to a whopping 18-3 season thus far, including a 16-game winning streak. He is one of, if not the most valuable player in the league.
As the title states, Irving is climbing towards that top spot in the KIA NBA MVP Ladder, and he is climbing fast. He is a true MVP candidate. If the season ended today, he would most definitely be in the discussion.
My advice to the rest of the league... watch out. This guy is rolling.