In what would end up being Irving's second and final season in Boston, Kyrie was his typical productive self. He averaged over 20 points per game (23.8) for the sixth time in his eight-year career. But his biggest improvement came in terms of assists. Irving set a new career high with 6.9 dimes per game. Irving dished out a season-high 18 assists in a home win over the Raptors on Jan. 16. He also averaged seven helpers per game over the course of Boston's nine-game postseason run. By comparison, Irving averaged just 5.1 assists in 2017-18 with Boston. Uncle Drew also averaged 1.5 steals per game, matching a career high. The star point guard shot 87.3 percent from the charity stripe. Irving has never shot less than 85.5 percent from the line in any single season since his 2011-12 debut. Kyrie was rewarded for his stellar campaign with a spot on his sixth All-Star team. He was also named to All-NBA Second Team for the first time. It's been a remarkable run for a player who is still just 27 years old.2017
The 2017-18 season marked Irving's first season outside of Cleveland following a summer trade that shipped him to Boston. Irving helped guide the Celtics to a second-place finish in the Eastern Conference, but his season ended early after a knee injury. In 60 games, Irving averaged 24.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 1.1 steals. He shot a career-best .491 from the field, while taking a career-high 6.8 three-point shots per game. In his return to Cleveland for the season opener, Irving notched a double-double with 20 points and 11 assists. He'd count at least 20 points in 11 consecutive contests in December beginning with 33 versus Denver and culminating with 28 in a 108-105 win against Brooklyn. Irving dropped 47 in a victory over Dallas on Nov. 20. He'd reach the 40-point plateau one more time, and that came against Orlando on January. The Duke star also scored 37 against Golden State on Jan. 27. Irving was also named to his fifth All-Star Game, where he started for the third time.2016
The 2016-17 season represented Kryie Irving's sixth season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 24-year-old veteran played in 72 regular season and 18 playoff games for Cleveland. With teammate LeBron James by his side, Irving and the Cavs made it to their third straight NBA Finals. Irving demonstrated improved shooting accuracy in 2016-17. He shot a career-high 47.3 percent from the field and a career-high 90.5 percent from the charity stripe. His free throw accuracy ended up third-best in the NBA. A healthy Irving also hit 40.1 percent of this three-point attempts, a big improvement over the 32.1 percent he shot from behind the arc the previous season. That improved marksmanship led to a career-high 2.5 made three-pointers per game. In February, Irving returned to the All-Star Game as a starter, his fourth appearance in six seasons. He'd drop at least 20 points in a career-best 60 games, including four games with 40 or more points. The guard drilled four or more three-pointers 18 times. Irving tallied a career-high eight double-doubles, including three straight from Dec. 21 to 25. On Mar. 22, Irving recorded his 8,000th career point and made his 700th career triple at Denver, joining LeBron James and Mark Price as the only players in franchise history with 8,000 points and 700 treys. Unlike the year before, Irving was healthy throughout the postseason and averaged an impressive 25.9 points, 5.3 dimes, 1.3 steals while hitting 2.4 three-pointers per contest. In their third straight Finals matchup with Golden State, the Cavs lost in six games to the Warriors.2015
Kyrie Irving's championship-winning, Game 7 three-point jump shot from the 2015 Finals will forever be part of NBA folklore. Irving would miss the first 24 games of the season while recovering from surgery to repair a fractured kneecap. In his first 20 contests back, he averaged 15.4 points and 3.8 assists while shooting 42.6 percent from the field. The dynamic guard eventually hit his stride, posting averages of 21.6 points and 5.2 assists over the season's final 33 matchups. During that same span, Irving converted 46 percent of his field goals and 35 percent of his three-point attempts, helping the Cavaliers secure the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. On Feb. 10, Irving scored a season-high 35 points to go with seven assists in a win over the Lakers. On Apr. 11, he matched that point total and chipped in with four assists and two steals during a win against the Hawks. In the postseason, Irving looked spectacular by shooting nearly 48 percent from the floor and knocking down 44 percent of his treys. While he was relatively quiet in Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals versus Golden State, Irving put up 30.8 points, 4.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals over the remaining five games. His best Finals' effort happened during the Game 5 win at Golden State. The Cavs were down 1-3 and facing elimination, but Irving generated 41 points and six assists, which led the Cavs to victory and sent the series back to Cleveland.2014
Kyrie Irving returned to a dramatically different Cavalier squad for the 2014-15 season. Namely, LeBron James came back home to Cleveland. As one might expect, having a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer by his side improved Irving's scoring efficiencies. His field goal percentage increased from 43 percent last year to 47 percent in 2014-15 and his three-point accuracy improved from 36 to 42 percent. Better shooting led to better scoring, as Irving would average 21.7 points per game. Irving also stayed healthy and appeared in a career-high 75 games. On Nov. 29, Irving matched a career-high with 10 rebounds and added 24 points during a win over Indiana. On Jan. 28, the star guard delivered a career-high 55 points - including 11 treys - during a home win over Portland. In an OT win over the Spurs on Mar. 12, he went off for a new career-high 57 points that also included four steals and 7-for-7 accuracy from behind the arc. The combination of Kyrie and Lebron proved too difficult for the East, as Cleveland finished with a record of 53-29 and made it to the NBA Finals. Irving was forced to deal with a difficult postseason injury, as tendinitis in his left knee would hobble him for the Eastern Conference Finals and force him to miss two series games. He then played 43 minutes and scored 23 points during Game 1 versus Golden State, but aggravated the knee injury during overtime. As a result, he was forced to miss the rest of the Finals, which Cleveland lost to the Warriors in six games.2013
The 2013-14 season was Kyrie Irving's third year in the Association. He played in a career-high 71 games - all starts - and reduced his turnovers from 3.2 per game the previous year to 2.7. Irving also averaged 20.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.5 steals in 35 minutes per contest. On Nov. 16, Irving matched a career-high with 41 points while adding five assists in a win at Washington. In early January, a knee issue forced Irving to miss three games. The next month, Irving was voted a starter in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game - his second overall appearance - and became the second-youngest player to ever earn MVP honors of this event (behind LeBron James) after tallying a team-high 31 points. He celebrated his first career triple-double on Feb. 28 in a win over Utah. In that contest, Irving produced 21 points, 10 rebounds - a career-best - and 10 assists. On Mar. 3, Irving came close to another triple-double with 30 points, eight rebounds and eight assists during a loss to the Knicks. A left bicep injury during a Mar. 16 encounter versus the Clippers almost cost Irving the rest of the season. He'd go on to miss eight games, but returned for Cleveland's seven last contests - including a personal-best 44 points at home against Charlotte. Cleveland would finish with a record of 33-49 and miss the postseason.2012
Kyrie Irving played in 59 games - all starts - during his NBA-sophomore season as a member of the Cavaliers. He averaged 22.5 points, 5.9 assists, 1.5 steals and 1.8 made three-pointers per game. He scored 29 points on Opening Night and added six rebounds and six assists to beat Washington. Irving started Cleveland's first ten games and posted stellar stats, but then suffered a fractured left index finger during a loss at Philadelphia. This issue forced Irving to miss the next 11 games. He returned on Dec. 11 to light up the Lakers for 28 points, 11 assists, six rebounds and four three-pointers. Four games later, Irving posted a career-high 41 points during a close road loss to the Knicks. On Jan. 22, he would generate 40 points, five assists and two steals in a win over Boston. During the season, Irving would score 30 or more points 13 times. His 22.5 points per game marked the highest for any player 22 or younger in 2012-13 and the most among all Eastern Conference point guards. Irving became only the fifth player in NBA history to register three straight 30-point efforts before their 21st birthday - joining John Drew, Bernard King, LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Irving won the 2013 Three-Point Contest at All-Star Weekend, and became only the second Cav - along with Mark Price in 1993 and 1994 - to take the event. Irving was also selected to the 2013 NBA All-Star Game, becoming the 16th All-Star in Cavaliers' history and one of only seven NBA players to make it before turning 21. Later in the month, a sore right knee forced Irving to miss three games. A Mar. 10 shoulder contusion forced Irving out of nine contests, but he'd return for the final nine games. The Cavs finished with a record of 33-49 and missed the playoffs.2011
Kyrie Irving played in 51 games - all starts - during his rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The No. 1 overall pick averaged 18.5 points on .469 shooting, 3.7 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.1 steals over 31 minutes per game. He also shot 40 percent from three-point range and 87 percent from the free throw line. Among rookies, Irving ranked first in points per game and free throw percentage, and second in three-point percentage and assists per game. League-wide, Irving ranked second in "points per fourth quarter inside the final three minutes of games" at 3.2 per contest. His rookie season stats put him in strong company, joining Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, Allen Iverson and LeBron James as the only first overall draft picks to average 18.0 points and 5.0 assists per game during their freshman campaign. By finishing the season with at least 18.0 PPG and shooting .399 percent from 3-point range, Irving matched Larry Bird as the only NBA rookies to accomplish this feat. Irving's NBA debut was delayed until Dec. 26 due to the NBA lockout. In February, concerns over a concussion forced him to miss three games. A sprained shoulder then sidelined Irving for ten contest over March and April. The Cavs would finish the season at 21-45 and miss the postseason.
June 23, 2011Drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1st round (1st pick) of the 2011 NBA Draft.
July 10, 2014Signed a five-year contract extension with the Cleveland Cavaliers
August 30, 2017Traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics for Jae Crowder, Isaiah Thomas, Ante Žižic, a 2018 1st round draft pick (Collin Sexton was later selected) and a 2020 2nd round draft pick. (2020 2nd-rd pick from BOS to CLE is MIA's pick, and was added as compensation for Isaiah Thomas's injury)
June 12, 2019Declined contractual player option with the Celtics for 2019-20.
July 6, 2019Signed a four-year contract with the Nets. Fourth year is a player option for 2022-23.