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It took a while - too long, actually, but Kyrie Irving now sits in 10th place in the Kia MVP Ladder. He can no longer be ignored. Trying to be as unbiased as possible, I truly believe the NBA community doesn't think of Kyrie being in the same neighborhood as James Harden, Steph Curry and Kevin Durant. Irving's magic shows lately may have changed that.



The fact that the Celtics are finally winning more games and hold a 20-14 record helps Kyrie's cause, but for the most part, he has been the reason for the Kia promotion. He is scoring, rebounding, assisting and stealing the ball, and he is constantly showing up in the defensive stats. He is literally doing it all.

I base my MVP evaluation on this - take away the MVP candidate from his team and replace him with Joe Average. The Celtics would have a losing record without him in the lineup, and it could be a disaster of a season. Joe Average wouldn't cut it on the team we have witnessed thus far - but the Point God (via Chicinthegeek tweet), Kyrie Irving, gets the job done. He belongs on the Ladder.

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Tom Lane 12/28/2018 02:13:00 PM Edit
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