Evaluation From Scouts, Inc.
May, 2009: There is no question that Irving is an elite point guard with his advanced skill, confidence and high basketball I.Q. He runs a team with poise, excellent peripheral vision and an ability to score at anytime from anywhere on the floor. His range was out to 22 feet on a consistent basis as his shot selection from behind the arc was good. The all-important middle game is superb as he pulls up on a dime and scores with ease before the help defender gets close. Equally impressive on his drive to the basket he knows how to and when to change speeds and score at the rim with good body control. He exhibits a beautiful retreat, cross-over-attack dribble to create space when he sees the double team running at him or when his defender is really applying strong ball pressure. On his penetration he demonstrates the adept ability to read defenses, see the assist and deliver the correct pass on time and on target. In the transition game when Irving receives the outlet pass he has his eyes and head up as he looks to throw ahead or push the ball with the speed dribble. When playing off the ball and being over played he sets his man up and back cuts to rim. Knowing the importance of getting open he runs off of screens and works to free himself for a score. He needs to get stronger but he’s a good basketball athlete. Irving is so dangerous as he can create for himself, create for his teammates and still be a student of the game. Full Evaluation Here