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Irving Looks For A Great Second Season

Last season, Kyrie Irving was sitting at home during his rookie season for the months of October, November and most of December. But when the NBA lockout ended, Irving took fantasy basketball leagues by storm averaging 18.5 points per game and 5.4 assists per game on his way to winning rookie of the year.
But beyond just being great in fantasy basketball in his rookie season, Irving restored an air of respectability around the Cavs’ franchise, leading the Cavs to two more victories from a season before in 16 less games. Although the team still finished 21-45, there was certainly a lot more optimism than there was a year before, the Cavs’ first since losing fantasy basketball MVP frontrunner LeBron James, when they went 19-63.

Irving and the Cavs will take on the Indiana Pacers in their first game of the 2012-2013 season. Last season, Irving played in only two of the Cavs’ four games against the Pacers, but in those two games, he averaged 21 points per game, along with 4.5 rebounds and 4 assists per game.

Irving is the leader of this Cavs team this year. He is also their youngest starter at just 20 years old. He will be joined by another second year player, Tristan Thompson, who was drafted out of Texas last season. Thompson, 21, isn’t yet a threat in fantasy basketball, he was serviceable for the Cavs last season, starting 25 games, playing in 60 games and averaging 23.7 minutes per game. He had 8.2 points per game and 6.5 rebounds per game. If he progresses more this season, he could be a valuable sleeper pick in fantasy basketball this season, and he will be even more valuable in keeper fantasy basketball leagues, since he’s only in his second season.


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