10. Kyrie Irving
Kyrie Irving is probably one of the three or so best offensive players in the Eastern Conference, but he lost several spots for only being a passable defender. Irving has also struggled with injury problems throughout his career, which hurts his projected value.
Still, he’s a great player. He was a hero in the 2016 NBA Finals for a singular reason–when he’s hot, he’s unguardable. Not many players can get to that level–Klay Thompson over in the West is another guy like Irving, who can just switch into instant buckets mode.
Irving is a strong three-point shooter, but his real strength lies in his handles. Not many players can get to the rim whenever they want like Irving can. He’s small, but his speed and ball control makes it easy for Kyrie to embarrass defenders.
With another year down in Cleveland with LeBron James and Kevin Love, Kyrie should only be more comfortable next season. As long as he can stay healthy, there’s no reason to expect anything than a top 10 season from Kyrie Irving.
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