It’s the age of wish fulfillment in free agency and with that thought in mind, I bring you this simple and distinct thought: a back court of Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving. Unlikely? Of course. But Irving’s a guy who does things which don’t make sense, ranging from constantly calling out his teammates, wearing a shirt praised by former President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and actually saying out loud that he thinks the world is flat.
Signing with the Mavericks would be boring by comparison.
Kyrie Irving is a 27 year old six time all star and one time NBA Champion, a player who once hit what may be the biggest shot in finals history:
A man of multiple knee surgeries and seemingly infinite dribble moves, Kyrie’s racked up career averages of 22 points and nearly 6 assists while shooting 39% from deep and 46.5 percent from the field overall. He’s the best ball handler in the league and it might not be close.
Past the aforementioned ball handling, Kyrie Irving may be the best difficult shot maker in the NBA. He’s a top notch three point shooter, both off the catch and off the dribble.
Irving’s real strength lies in his versatility. He’s capable of being a team’s best scorer, lead assist man, or both. Yet his best fit may be as the secondary option, which was his role with the championship Cavaliers in 2015-16. If Irving’s not expected to be the best player all the time, it frees him to be the best player when his team needs it. Was that a basketball nonsense sentence? Perhaps, yet if you’ve watched Kyrie at any point the last few years, it fits. He’s really, really good at basketball and has a penchant for showing up big.
There’s also the injury history; Irving has a history of weird injuries, from his toe in college, to breaking his face in the NBA.
He also has a troubling knee which has been operated on multiple times. During his eight seasons in the league, he’s played 70 games just three times. As he ages, that number’s not likely to grow. It’s less a weakness than something to be aware of if Irving were to become a real option.
Fit with the Mavericks
Look it just makes sense to have the only two NBA players I can think of who are openly affiliated with the Eye of Providence on the same team. Luka Doncic has the tattoo. Kyrie Irving has the symbol through out his shoe line. This just makes sense.
Past the nonsense, the basketball fit is nearly ideal. Dallas needs a secondary ball handler who can also shoot the hell out of the ball and that describes Irving perfectly. Imagine Irving running some of the second team instead of Barea or Brunson. That’s just mean for opposing teams, even in the Western Conference.
Though he’s a poor defensive player, Dallas doesn’t project as a good defensive team anyway. Might as well try to score all the points. Luka Doncic, Krystaps Porzingiz, and Kyrie Irving? That’s the kind of line up even casual fans tune in for.