Irving during a Celtics game in December 2017.
|No. 11 – Brooklyn Nets|
|Full name||Kyrie Andrew Iriving|
|Born||March 23, 1992|
|Listed height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Listed weight||193 lb (88 kg)|
|High school||St. Patrick (New Jersey)|
|NBA Draft||2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st|
|Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers|
|Playing career||2011–present (10 years)|
|Career highlights and awards|
Kyrie Andrew Irving (born March 23, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA. He was one of the top-rated high school basketball players in the United States in the class of 2010.
Irving played college basketball for the Duke Blue Devils before being drafted first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2011. He won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award for the 2014 All-Star Game. In the 2016 NBA Finals, he made a three-point field goal with 53 seconds remaining in a tied Game 7 to help lead the Cavaliers to their first NBA championship in franchise history over the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors. After losing a rematch with the Warriors in the 2017 Finals, Irving requested a trade and was dealt to the Boston Celtics. He played as a Celtic for two seasons, after which he signed with the Brooklyn Nets as a free agent in 2019. He has also played for the United States national team, with which he won gold at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. In 2018, he starred in the film Uncle Drew.
High school career
Irving played for Montclair Kimberley Academy his freshman and sophomore year, where he averaged 26.5 points, 10.3 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 3.6 steals and became only the school's second 1,000 point scorer, before transferring to St. Patrick's. Irving was the #2 player in the class of 2010 by Scout.com, #3 player in the ESPNU 100, and rated as the #4 player by Rivals.com, While at St. Patrick's High School, Irving played with Michael Kidd Gilchrist, who is widely regarded as the one of the best players in the class of 2011. On January 20, 2010, it was announced that Irving was selected to the 2010 Junior National Select Team. The team played at the 2010 Nike Hoop Summit at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon, on April 10. He was also selected to play in the 2010 McDonald's All-American Game and the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic, where he was named as Co-MVP with Harrison Barnes. In June 2010 Irving was a part of the gold medal winning team at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
Irving committed to Duke on October 22, 2009, in a television broadcast on ESPNU. Irving started playing with Duke in the 2010–11 basketball season under the guidance of head coach Mike Krzyzewski. He led the team in scoring at 17.4 points per game on 53.2% shooting through the first eight games of the season. In addition, he added 5.1 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game as he quickly began to make his case for NCAA Freshman of the Year. 
In Duke's 8th game of the season, Irving suffered a severe ligament injury in his right big toe that has side lined him indefinitely. His right foot was placed in a cast on December 10, 2010. The cast was removed on February 4, 2011, and Irving began rehab.
Cleveland Cavaliers (2011–2017)
Irving announced that he would forgo his final three seasons of eligibility and enter the 2011 NBA draft, where he was selected with the number 1 pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers, despite only playing 8 games in college. As a rookie, Irving won rookie of the year behind strong averages of 18.5 points, 5.4 assists and 3.7 rebounds. At a young age, Irving showed much promise as a young star, even winning the All Star Game MVP in 2014. His flashy playstyle and insane handles also made him a fan favourite, even though his presence on the team didn't necessarily lead to wins. This changed though when Lebron James rejoined the Cavaliers in 2015.
Along with the addition of all star Kevin Love, the Cavaliers were instantly considered a contender to win the NBA Championship. However, due to injuries to both Irving and Love in the playoffs, the Cavs lost to the Golden State Warriors in 6 games in the NBA Finals. In 2016 however, with a healthy Irving and Love, the Cavaliers steamrolled through the Eastern Conference playoffs, again meeting the Warriors, who had just come off of a record 73-9 season. In a legendary Finals series, the Cavaliers came back after being down 3-1, becoming the first team in NBA history to do so in the Finals. Lebron James won the 2016 Finals MVP.
The next year saw perennial all star and former MVP Kevin Durant join the Golden State Warriors. Despite once again making the Finals, the Cavaliers lost to the superteam Warriors in 5 games.
Boston Celtics (2017–2019)
In July 2017, Irving requested the Cavaliers to trade him, preferring to be more of the focal point of his own team instead of continuing to play alongside LeBron James.
With the addition of Irving to a talented young team, the 2018 Celtics amassed 55 wins. However, Irving got injured in the playoffs. Although his team made it to the Eastern Conference Finals, they lost there to the Irving's former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Due to this success, the team had very high expectations placed on them going into next season. However, the Celtics only won 49 games and lost 4-1 in the 2nd round despite Irving being healthy. There were rumours of chemistry problems between Irving and his young teammates, who wanted bigger roles in the offense. Irving was also accused of being a bad leader and locker room cancer.
Brooklyn Nets (2019–present)
On July 7, 2019, Irving signed with the Brooklyn Nets in free agency.
On October 23, 2019, Irving debuted for the Nets with 50 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists in a 127–126 overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, becoming the first player in NBA history to score 50 points or more in a team debut. Irving became the seventh player in franchise history to score 50 points or more in a single game, and joins Stephon Marbury (2001) as the only one to also record 15 combined rebounds and assists. He also scored 25 of the Nets' 56 points in the first half. Irving missed 26 games due to a right shoulder injury, and returned on January 12, 2020, scoring 21 points on a 10-of-11 shooting in the 108–86 win over the Atlanta Hawks. On January 25, Irving scored 45 points, also recording six rebounds and seven assists, to lead Brooklyn to a 121–111 overtime win over the Detroit Pistons. The next day, January 26, the Nets were scheduled to play the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. However, Irving left the arena prior to tip-off, upon learning of the death of Kobe Bryant, who died in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California. On January 31, Irving scored a season-high 54 points on an 19-of-23 shooting in a 133–118 win over the Chicago Bulls. On February 20, it was announced that Irving would undergo season-ending surgery on his injured shoulder.
Born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia while his father, Drederick Irving, played professional basketball for the Bulleen Boomers. Irving lived in Australia until he was a year and a half then moved to the United States. He has dual citizenship in the United States and Australia, however, he chose to play basketball for the United States rather than Australia for just as obvious reasons.
In February 2017, Irving stated in an interview for a podcast that he believes that the Earth is flat. In a later interview, he was less forceful in advancing his flat Earth belief, encouraging people to "do their own research" into the topic. In September 2017, Irving denied these claims and said that media misunderstood him as he was joking. However, in a June 2018 interview, when asked if he would admit that the world is round he said "I don't know. I really don't", and added that people should "do [their] own research for what [they] want to believe in" because "Our educational system is flawed." In October 2018, Irving apologized for his original flat Earth comments.
Awards and honors
- 2010 McDonald's All-American team selection
- 2010 Jordan Brand High School All-American team selection
- Adam ZagoriaSpecial to Rivals High. "Rivals High - Kyrie Irving ready to return after wait period". Highschool.rivals.com. http://highschool.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=902176. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- "Scout.com: Football Recruiting". Scouthoops.scout.com. http://scouthoops.scout.com/a.z?s=75&p=9&c=4&pid=88&yr=2010. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- "College Basketball Recruiting - ESPNU 100 - ESPN". Insider.espn.go.com. http://insider.espn.go.com/ncb/recruiting/tracker/espnu100?&season=2010&action=upsell&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fncb%2frecruiting%2ftracker%2fespnu100%3f%26season%3d2010. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- "Yahoo Sports: Rivals.com Ranking - Rivals150 for class of 2010". Rivalshoops.rivals.com. http://rivalshoops.rivals.com/viewrank.asp?ra_key=1909. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- "Yahoo Sports: Rivals.com Ranking - Rivals150 for the class of 2011". Rivals.yahoo.com. http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recruiting/rankings/rank-2288. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- "Scout.com: Men's Basketball Recruiting". Scouthoops.scout.com. http://scouthoops.scout.com/a.z?s=75&p=9&c=4&cfg=bb&pid=88&yr=2011. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- Name, Author (2010-01-20). "It’s the USA Against Everyone Else". Slam Online. http://www.slamonline.com/online/college-hs/high-school/2010/01/its-the-usa-against-everyone-else/. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- "Kyrie Irving Selected For McDonald’s All-American Game - Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site". GoDuke.com. http://www.goduke.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4200&ATCLID=204886340. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- "MarketWatch.com". MarketWatch.com. 2010-04-18. http://www.marketwatch.com/story/harrison-barnes-and-kyrie-irving-named-co-mvps-of-the-2010-jordan-brand-classic-2010-04-18. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- "Irving & Hairston Win Gold With USA U18 Team - Duke University Blue Devils | Official Athletics Site". GoDuke.com. 2010-07-01. http://www.goduke.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=4200&ATCLID=204964957. Retrieved 2010-08-26.
- "Irving leads Duke through first eight games". BlueDevilDaily.com. http://bluedevildaily.com/duke-basketball/roster_player_games/kyrie-irving. Retrieved January, 5th 2011.
|Boston Celtics 2017–18 season roster|
|4 Larkin • 7 Brown • 9 Silas • 11 Irving • 12 Rozier • 13 Morris • 26 Bird • 27 Theis • 28 Nader • 30 Yabusele • 36 Smart • 37 Ojeleye • 42 Horford • 45 Allen • 46 Baynes • 50 Hayward • 55 Monroe • 60 Gibson • 89 Mendeleevskiy • 0 Tatum|
|Players who left during the season|
|Head coach: Brad Stevens|
|Regular Season • Playoffs • Finals|
|Boston Celtics 2018–19 season roster|
|7 Brown • 9 Wanamaker • 11 Irving • 12 Rozier • 13 Morris • 25 Dozier • 26 Bird • 27 Theis • 28 Hunter • 30 Yabusele • 36 Smart • 37 Ojeleye • 42 Horford • 44 Williams • 45 Lemon • 46 Baynes • 50 Hayward • 60 Gibson • 89 Mendeleevskiy • 0 Tatum|
|Players who left during the season|
|Head coach: Brad Stevens|
|Regular Season • Playoffs • Finals|