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Kyrie Irving

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Sports Speaker Kyrie Irving is an NBA point guard with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving was selected with the first overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft after playing one year with Duke University. In 2012, Irving was awarded the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

Before suffering a severe ligament injury in Duke’s ninth game of the season, Irving led his team in points per game with 17.4, which was accomplished with an accurate 53.2% shooting percentage. In addition to his consistent contribution in points, Irving added 5.1 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game. After joining the Cleveland Cavaliers the following year, Irving averaged 18.5 points, 5.4 assists, and shot .469 from the field.  Because of these impressive statistics, he won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award with 117 out of 120 first-place votes. In addition, he was the only unanimous selection to the NBA All-Rookie first team. After missing three weeks of action due to an injury during his sophomore season, Irving came back strong with a career-high 41 points against the New York Knicks in his second game returning from injury. He became the youngest player in NBA history to score 40 points in Madison Square Garden, a year younger than when Michael Jordan did it in 1985. Also during his sophomore season, Irving was selected to play in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, Rising Stars Challenge, and NBA Three-Point Shootout. Irving ended up winning the 2013 NBA Three-Point Shootout with 23 points in the final round. Although Irving missed 23 games due to injuries, he finished the 2012-2013 season with stellar averages: 22.5 points, 5.9 assists, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game.

Off the court, Irving enjoys reading, singing, dancing, and playing the baritone sax. He has promised his father that he would complete his bachelor’s degree at Duke by taking classes during his summers. In 2012, Irving appeared in a series of Pepsi Max advertisements acting as “Uncle Drew,” an old man who is ridiculously talented at basketball. Also in 2012, he appeared on an episode of the Disney XD series entitled Kickin’ It. In 2013, Irving traveled to South Africa with UNICEF, where he worked on an art project with five and six year-olds who are in the school’s Early Childhood Development Program.