At last year's NBA All-Star weekend, rookie Kyrie Irving was busy being named MVP of the Rising Stars Challenge, scoring 34 points to help Team Chuck beat Team Shaq.
It was announced today that this year Irving will be competing with the big boys, as he will be a reserve for the Eastern Conference All-Stars.
This is no surprise to anyone who has watched Kyrie this year. Despite the Cleveland Cavaliers' rough season, the second-year point guard continues to be a bright spot and a sign of potential things to come. This first All-Star appearance is just the next step in what is looking like a phenomenal career for the youngster.
Irving leads all point guards in scoring. 23.7 points per game and has carried the Cavaliers to many of their 11 wins this season.
This announcement makes Kyrie the sixth youngest player selected to an All-Star team. At 20 years and 331 days, Irving is only older than Isiah Thomas, Kevin Garnett, Magic Johnson, LeBron James, and Kobe Bryant when they made their first appearance in the league's mid-season event.
Do not expect this to be the last All-Star appearance from Irving, baring injury of some sort, as he is on pace to be one of the top point guards in the league, much less the Eastern Conference. With Derrick Rose yet to return from tearing his ACL in last year's playoffs, and there being uncertainty to how he will play when he does come back, Irving finds himself in elite company with his abilities.
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