#3 Re: Kyle Lowry VS Kyrie Irving
Tue May 27, 2014 8:26 am by Dr Spaceman
From a personal standpoint, I like Lowry's game a lot better. I think Irving still has a lot of growing up to do before he's a big time contributor, and really he hasn't yet topped his rookie campaign, which is a huge red flag.
Lowry was the better player in 2014, by quite a bit IMO, but you still have to factor in that this is the first time Lowry's played at that level, and he's 28 years old. If I'm getting this version of Lowry for the life of the contract, I'll take that, but it's no guarantee.
Irving obviously trumps Lowry in scoring talent, but he's yet to figure out how to apply those skills to the team concept. We've seen a lot of decent scorers (Deng, Waiters) actually struggle next to him. How much of this was brown's offense and how much is irving's mindset we don't know, but that's another thing that would absolutely make me hesitate.
Finally, the contract. If I am paying Irving the max vs. Lowry at around $10-12 million, this is a no-brainer for Lowry. There are far too many risks for me to commit to Irving at the max at this point, as I'm not very high on him at all. Of course, knowing NBA GM's, Lowry will likely get paid a lot more than $10 million.
Tough comparison, but I'd probably go Lowry depending on how much money is involved.
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