Damian Lillard Issues Strong Statement On Kyrie Irving

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Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard thinks Dallas Mavericks point guard Kyrie Irving has the most beautiful game in NBA history.

Irving has incredible handles, finishing skills around the rim and overall scoring ability. The Duke product is a three-level scorer who can get to his spots against any defender. Irving is regarded as the best dribbler in the NBA today.

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An eight-time All-Star, Irving has career NBA averages of 23.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 5.7 assists with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Brooklyn Nets and Mavericks. He has made three All-NBA teams and won one championship.

Irving has a 15% trade kicker in his new contract with the Mavericks, according to NBA insider Michael Scotto of HoopsHype. A trade kicker is the percentage of a player’s salary that is awarded as a bonus in the event of a trade. Irving re-signed with Dallas on a three-year, $126 million contract on the first day of free agency this offseason.

The Mavericks won just 38 games in 2022-23. The team was only 5-11 in games Luka Doncic and Irving played together. That was the worst winning percentage (.313) for a pair of teammates who were both All-Stars since the ABA-NBA merger in 1976-77, according to ESPN Stats & Information research.

Both Irving and Lillard are two of the top point guards in NBA history. Many players around the NBA were surprised Irving wasn’t voted to the 75th Anniversary Team. That was certainly a mistake by the voters.

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Irving requested a trade from the Cavaliers and Nets, so he can relate to what Lillard is going through right now. Dame has requested a trade from the Blazers and wants to get traded to the Miami Heat.

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