The big news coming into the 2020 season was the Nets getting Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Everyone knew Durant would be out for the season dealing with his injury he suffered in the 2019 NBA Finals, but Irving was expected to have a good season with the Nets, and he was.
Irving played in 20 games this season averaging 22.4 ppg, 6.4 apg and 5.2 rpg. He was geared to lead the Nets into the playoffs at the end of the season.
So what happened to Kyrie Irving this season, and should we be worried about his future? Let’s take a look.
Waiting on the return of Kyrie Irving
Fans had to wait to see Irving play at the start of the season as he was recovering from an injury suffered at the end of the 2019 season. Once he returned, Irving made an immediate impact in the league. The guard hits 50 points in his Nets’ debut against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Then in January he goes off for 54 points against the Chicago Bulls, just days after the passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant.
Even with the injuries Irving has had, he still has had an exceptional career in the league ever since he was drafted number one overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Kyrie Irving’s career highlights
Kyrie Irving is known as one of the best ball-handlers in the game. The way he can maneuver between defenders and get to the rim is a sight to see.
Irving has made some memorable moments in NBA history that cement his status as one of the best guards to every play.
You can’t mention Irving and not mention the clutch shot in the 2016 NBA Finals over Stephen Curry.
With the game on the line, tied at 89, Irving knew he was going to take that shot, which helped the Cavs win their first NBA title.
That shot could arguably go down as one of the most clutch shots in NBA Finals history.
There’s no telling how the six-time NBA All-Star would have finished this season.
With his injuries, it leaves a lot of questions for Irving’s future.
Battling with injuries
Just when it seemed as if Kyrie Irving was coming into his own, injuries got the best of him, again. The point guard will miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury. He sprained his right knee earlier in February and had to miss some time.
Irving has played in the league for nine seasons and there has only been three seasons where he has played in 70 games or more.
It seems as if Irving can not catch a break. In 2018, Irving suffered a knee injury and missed the remainder of the season and playoffs with the Boston Celtics.
In the 2015 NBA Finals with Cleveland, Irving suffered a gruesome knee injury in Game 1 and he was forced to miss the remainder of the season.
It’s just been a series of unfortunate events for Irving, it’s like once he recovers from one injury, another one happens.
Kyrie Irving: Is his future in jeopardy?
The NBA world will not have the opportunity to see Kyrie Irving play for the rest of the season. This season-ending injury raises a lot of questions for next year and the future.
With a healthy lineup, the Brooklyn Nets are one of the best teams in the NBA. You have two players with NBA championships in Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving and you have a host of talent around them.
But if Irving can’t stay healthy, what does that mean for his career? Will teams want to pursue him going forward, giving his injury history.
Irving has silenced a lot of critics who have said he won’t be the same after his injuries. He was making an impact this season through only 20 games.
NBA fans are wondering if the Nets will ever have its full team? A question that will have to wait until the 2020-2021 season.