Portland Trail Blazers head coach Chauncey Billups knows a thing or two about elite point guards and the former Finals MVP says few can match Kyrie Irving’s skills.
Ahead of the Trail Blazers’ game against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night, Billups says he thinks Irving is the “most qualified” playmaker in NBA history.
“Kyrie is fair, he’s a wizard, man,” Billups said via ESPN’s Nick Friedell.
“He’s to be seen on TV. Personally, I think as a person who has played this position, I think Kyrie is the most talented player who has ever played in this position. Just straightforward skills. “Other. Just straightforward skills. I think he’s the best I’ve ever seen in this job, skills-wise. So obviously he gives you a ton when he plays.” “
While people like Allen Iverson, Isiah Thomas, Chris Paul, and Steph Curry are in this conversation, Irving’s improvisation on dribbling, the ability to finish with either hand, and the ability to get an upright bucket is a strong argument for backing up Billips’ sentiment.
“His shot is amazing,” added Billups. “He’s a better passer than people think. He’s obviously a willing teammate. It’s not just about Kyrie. He passes the ball. He’s a champion. He brings the championship pedigree to the table. I think he might have struck the biggest blow I’ve ever seen in NBA Finals history I’ve seen. “
Steve Nash, the current Nets head coach and two-time MVP playmaker, also weighed in on the debate.
“It’s hard to argue,” Nash said. “There are others in the conversation, obviously. Steph [Curry] is incredibly skillful yet so deadly at long range in a variety of ways. But when it comes to handling the ball, moving, getting to his points and shooting all three levels, around the rim, he’s off the charts. Arrived in the middle of the range, it is off the charts. It is also excellent at depth. “
The Nets got a big boost last week with Irving returning to the roster after missing the first 35 games of the season due to being unvaccinated.
He is currently eligible to play only in road games for the Nets this season, in accordance with New York City’s local COVID-19 mandates, however, even as a part-time player, the seven-time All-Star adds power. major fire at the Nets Championship Aspirations.