2019 is a new year, meaning that teams start fresh, while gearing up the middle of the NBA season. For some teams, they start to see players and their chemistry come together to punch their way into the playoffs. For other teams they look to start the rebuilding process, whether this be through trading their players for cash or draft picks, or just getting a group of new players together and seeing what they do on the court. For Boston Celtics head coach Brad Stevens, this is the year where they look to be the top of the Eastern Conference, while rebuilding their team in the frontcourt. One way they could plan on doing this is by looking to trade point guard Kyrie Irving.
For Boston Celtics fans, this may seem like a nightmare, seeing that Kyrie leads a young Celtics team to the playoffs for the fourth straight year. Showing last year what he capable of, as well as what he did while playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, does he really need to get traded? Let’s look at both sides of this argument.
The thing that stands out for Kyrie is that this is his best year in his career. This year alone, he averages a career best 23.1 points, 6.6 assists and 4.9 rebounds, as well as .408 beyond the three-point line. This shoes that he is able to get better in every category to get his team in the best position possible at the end of the season. Playing his best ball in one of the greatest franchises in NBA history, it seems as if Kyrie has a reason to stay with the team and possibly win the Boston Celtics another finals trophy, the first of this decade and the first since 2008.
Looking at the other side of this argument, there is many reasons why Kyrie should leave the Celtics. The main reason being the questionable shot selections that Kyrie takes. Some of the shots he takes, whether they be to see if he is still hot or if he is heavily contested seems like shots that he must not take and continue the possession to create an opportunity for his team.
A problem that Kyrie poses is that he is very injury prone. Since joining the Celtics, he has had problems in both his knees and his eyes. In order to keep Kyrie healthy and playing at the best of his career, Coach Stevens must create a versatile lineup that has the both the skills that Kyrie possesses: scoring and lockdown defense. Some lineups that Brad puts together may have the scoring that Kyrie shows every time he is on the court, but may not show the lockdown defense in which Kyrie imposes on the opposing players.
Even Though Kyrie has many negatives against him and many reporters criticize for the way he plays, the upside to this is that he is 26 years old, meaning that he is still young and has time to prove the reporters that criticize him for the way he plays. He also has time to heal and work on making himself less injury prone and healthier so he can play a full season without any injuries.
There is still one question that remains: what could the Boston Celtics get for Kyrie Irving? One person that keeps coming up in the news lately would be New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis. The teams would be trading All-Star for All-Star. For the Pelicans, they would get a scoring point guard that they are long overdue for. For the Celtics, they will be getting a two-way center that can score and more importantly, rebound. This pickup would also solve the problem of finding a frontcourt that is as good or even better offensively and defensively than the Detroit Pistons. The duo of Boston Celtics power forward/center Al Horford and Anthony Davis would be a sweet, but trading for Davis and winning the NBA Finals would be even more sweet.