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Re: What makes Kyrie so great
« Reply #15 on: November 16, 2017, 12:09:52 PM »

Offline td450

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One thing I've noticed that he does that no one else does is dribble near full speed, then puts on the brakes and stops harder and faster than anyone else can. His sneakers skid some and he ends up so low he's almost parallel to the floor and almost falls, but always seems to regain control and finish. I've never seen a defender that could stay with him when he does that.

Re: What makes Kyrie so great
« Reply #16 on: November 16, 2017, 05:37:46 PM »

Offline mgent

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Best handle in the league and one of the best finishing touches around the basket, combined with great speed, great BBIQ, and a great jumpshot.
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Re: What makes Kyrie so great
« Reply #17 on: November 16, 2017, 05:42:03 PM »

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I think he has a genius sense of space and angles when driving that enables him to get off shots that others could not.

Yes, great spacial intelligence and elite hand-eye coordination. Combined with very good, though not elite, athleticism and quickness.

That's the baseline. Then add the years and years of skill development and you have this result.

This gives Kyrie a very wide margin for error. Where other players may find themselves in bad positions, he still has room to operate whether it's dribbling out of trouble, driving, passing or shooting. He has multiple options at every spot on the floor.

I mentioned this a while back somewhere.  Last year I went to the regular season game where we beat the Cavs at the Garden.  I was sitting way up in the nosebleeds, but it made for a really great angle to admire Kyrie's aerial skills.  You really can't see a lot of the intricacies of his gyrations from the floor view.  He had me shaking my head in disbelief several times.  Definitely a unique talent.

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Re: What makes Kyrie so great
« Reply #18 on: November 18, 2017, 07:40:07 PM »

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Handle, bbiq, intangibles, length and speed

Re: What makes Kyrie so great
« Reply #19 on: November 18, 2017, 08:14:37 PM »

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Dude does have more handles than a Truckers Convention.

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Re: What makes Kyrie so great
« Reply #20 on: November 18, 2017, 09:33:16 PM »

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imo

-best ball handler in the NBA
-most clutch player in the NBA
-best ISO scorer in the NBA

Here is a list of the best ISO players during the 2016-17 season based on points per possession. Interestingly, Marcus Morris was ranked 5th alongside Lillard and KD.

1. Isaiah Thomas (1.12 PPP)
1. Kyrie Irving (1.12 PPP)
3. Chris Paul (1.09 PPP)
3. Stephen Curry (1.09 PPP)
5. Damian Lillard (1.05 PPP)
5. Marcus Morris (1.05 PPP)
5. Kevin Durant (1.05 PPP)
8. DeMar DeRozan (1.02 PPP)
8. Goran Dragic (1.02 PPP)
8. Jeff Teague (1.02 PPP)
« Last Edit: November 18, 2017, 09:55:18 PM by Jvalin »

Re: What makes Kyrie so great
« Reply #21 on: November 18, 2017, 09:57:49 PM »

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What makes him so great...nights like this.
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Re: What makes Kyrie so great
« Reply #22 on: November 18, 2017, 10:27:11 PM »

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Practice, practice, practice....

Re: What makes Kyrie so great
« Reply #23 on: November 18, 2017, 10:30:20 PM »

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I'll co-sign with what so many have said here. His handle his simply memorizing.

Re: What makes Kyrie so great
« Reply #24 on: November 18, 2017, 10:32:10 PM »

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You also can't ignore the confidence he gives to his teammates in the closing minutes of the game.  We just have a feeling we can win.  And the great thing is that Kyrie gets everyone involved so they aren't just standing there watching him, they are moving, cutting, setting screens, spotting up, because Kyrie will get them the ball if they are in good position to score.