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Kyrie Irving is only 26 year old, but he already belongs in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
So says former teammate Tristan Thompson.
Appearing with Chris Haynes on the “Posted Up” podcast of Yahoo Sports, Thompson, a starter alongside Irving, now of the Boston Celtics, for the Cleveland Cavaliers on their historic run to the 2016 NBA championship, left no doubt regarding his belief Irving belongs among the game’s immortals and will do so on the first ballot.
Is Kyrie Irving a first-ballot hall of famer? @RealTristan13 thinks so.
Make sure to download the latest episode of Posted Up with Chris Haynes featuring Tristan Thompson now!
— Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) December 31, 2018
“There’s nothing to argue,” Thompson said. “The man (Irving) has a gold medal, he’s an NBA champion, he’s an All-Star Game MVP and he’s made multiple big shots in his career.
“First of all, you know when you’re looking for a house on the apps, you do a filter? How about you do Kyrie’s résumé and then put the filter to see how many guys show up that have it. You’d be surprised how many of those guys (Hall of Famers) aren’t.”
Irving, the first pick of the 2011 NBA draft by the Cavaliers out of Duke, was NBA Rookie of the Year and has been an All-Star in five of his first six seasons and now in his seventh season.