#2 - Kyrie Irving (Adjustment)
All sounds and signs point to Kyrie Irving being the overall #1 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. Since he only played 11 games, we contacted The Adjustment Bureau, so that his total numbers could compete with his peers. Even before that outreach, his “per minute” and “per game” numbers showed that he might have been the overall leader on our stats board, had it not been for the injury.
The thing with adjusting for injuries is that there have been two recent overall #1 picks – Kenyon Martin and Greg Oden – for which draft boards have done this. Kenyon rebounded from his injuries and has gone on to have a productive care, and the jury is still out on Oden.
In Kyrie’s case the injury does not appear to be of a chronic nature, and he did return in the NCAA tournament to post numbers comparable to his pre-injury performance. What truly makes him standout is that he takes good shots and makes them at the following clip: FG overall, 52.9%; 2ptFG, 56.9%; 3pt FG, 46.2%; and FT, 90.1%. Source - http://draftexpress.com
Still not convinced? Ponder the stats below and press play!
Kyrie Irving Adjustment
Out of 138 players:
· Though we made the adjustment for Total games, we kept the Averages for all other stats including minutes.
· Even with this limitation, Kyrie would be a first round pick in 3 of the metrics, and slightly out of the first round for defense.
· Considered as a whole (BPM), as well as for each specialty (PCM for Production; DIR for Defense; and TPA for Talent/Skill-set).