With the Boston Celtics performing well above expectations some fans think that the C’s should trade their all-star point guard. You can count me out.
The Boston Celtics are dominating the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals and are now two wins away from reaching the NBA Finals. The amazing part is that they are doing this without their two best players.
I understand that the C’s have proven in a way that they don’t need Irving. Terry Rozier and Marcus Smart have stepped up in a big way, but they are no Kyrie. Irving had a great campaign in his first season with the Celtics. In 60 games he averaged 24.4 points 5.1 assists 3.8 rebounds a game. Now everyone expected Kyrie to be great on offense, but what they didn’t expect was how good he would be on defense. His defensive rating was one of the best of his career and his Player Efficiency Rating of 25 was a career high. In just one season Kyrie has grown a lot as a player.
Kyrie is a special player
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Now this is no shot at Rozier and Smart. They are playing great basketball right now, but I think we can all agree that Irving is far and away the better player. Kyrie has that killer instinct and can get to the rim with ease. Also, he makes shots that no one else can make.
The most dangerous part of trading Kyrie is how it would look to prospective players. The Celtics would be kicking Kyrie to the curb just because he got hurt. If I was a free agent I would then be scared to come to Boston. If they can trade Kyrie who won’t they trade?
Plain and simply this team becomes a championship contender year in and year out with Kyrie Irving. Trading him away won’t happen and for some reason if Danny Ainge decided to pull the trigger on a trade it would be one of his worst moves as a GM.