Kyrie Irving off to blazing start in Brooklyn
If the first two weeks of the season are any indication, Kyrie Irving has taken to Brooklyn.
The 27-year-old point guard signed a four-year deal this offseason and has had a near-seamless transition into Kenny Atkinson's offense after coming over from the division rival Celtics.
Through seven games, Irving is second in the NBA with 31.7 points per game and has paced Brooklyn with a career-best 7.7 assists and 6.1 rebounds per game. Despite some close losses in the Nets' early slate, Kyrie has helped elevate the Nets' offense.
His start to the season has put him in the company of NBA greats like Oscar Robertson and Wilt Chamberlain.
From NetsPR: (!!)- NetsDaily (@NetsDaily) November 5, 2019
Through the first seven games, Kyrie Irving has recorded 222 points (31.7 ppg), 43 rebounds (6.1 rpg) and 54 assists (7.7 apg).
Last player to post that many pts, rebs and asts thru first seven games of a season was Oscar Robertson (1965-66 Cincinnati Royals)
Coming home to the New York area, Irving has saved his best for the Brooklyn crowd. The Nets are 3-2 at home and the Duke product has put up 33 points per contest at Barclays Center, including an electrifying 50-point debut against the Timberwolves.
All seven of the Nets' games have been decided by 10 points or fewer, and Irving has been a key contributor down the stretch. He hit a game-winning 3-pointer in the Nets' first victory of the season and helped seal the victory Monday night against New Orleans by dancing around the Pelicans' defense for scores or dishing to teammates for easy, clutch buckets. That added to his already league-high point totals in crunch time.
Most total points in the Clutch so far this season- NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) November 3, 2019
Kyrie Irving - 42
Zach LaVine - 25
Jamal Murray - 24
Nikola Jokic - 23
Damian Lillard - 20
Andrew Wiggins - 18
Donovan Mitchell - 18
Luka Doncic - 17
Russell Westbrook - 17
Kyle Lowry - 16
As Irving develops further chemistry with his teammates, it's not inconceivable that he could improve on his highlight-filled debut in Brooklyn. That idea should be tantalizing for Nets fans as the Kyrie Era takes full effect.