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KYRIE IRVING (Uncle Drew) is currently the Point Guard for the Boston Celtics. Born in Melbourne, Australia on March 23, 1992 to Drederick Irving and the late Elizabeth Irving. Irving and his two sisters, Asia and London, grew up in New Jersey. As a high school basketball player, Irving was a national standout. A graduate of St. Patrick high School, his accomplishments include a New Jersey State Championship, McDonald's All-American honors, Co-MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic All-Star game honors and the New Jersey Gatorade Player of the Year award as a senior.

Irving would commit to play college basketball at Duke University under the guidance of legendary head coach Mike Krzyzewski. During his single season at Duke, Irving recorded 31 points and 14 assists and went on to win the prestigious All-Star game MVP award. Irving finished the season averaging 20.8 points, 6.1 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 1.5 steals.

Shortly after the end of the 2010-2011 season, Irving announced that he would enter the 2011 NBA Draft. On June 23rd, Irving's lifelong dream of becoming a professional basketball player came true when the Cleveland Cavaliers selected him with the #1 overall selection in the 2011 NBA draft. Irving's impact in the league was immediately felt as he was named to the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge where he scored 34 points and earned MVP honors.

Irving would go on to win the 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year Award and was the only unanimous selection to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. In his rookie season, Irving averaged 18.5 points, 5.4 assists and shot 46.9 percent from the field. Irving built on his early success in the league and in the following season was selected by the coaches to play in his first All-Star game. He also participated in the Rising Stars challenge for the second straight year and competed and won the NBA 3-point shootout. He ended the season with averages of 22.5 points, 5.9 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.

Irving saw continued success in the NBA in his third season, as he was voted by the fans to be the starting point guard in the 2014 NBA All-Star game. Irving's fourth year in the league came with a major contract extension and the addition of teammates LeBron James and Kevin Love. After a subpar start to the season, Irving helped the Cavaliers win 34 of their final 43 games to finish the regular season as the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers went on to reach the NBA finals for just the second time in franchise history.

After a knee injury, Irving picked up right where he left off and led the Cavaliers to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. The Cavaliers reached the NBA finals and for the second straight year faced the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors built up a commanding 3 games to 1 series lead, but the Cavaliers stormed back and eventually beat the Warriors in seven games. In Game 7, Irving would make a three-pointer with 53 seconds left on the clock that would ultimately turn out to be the series winner. The Wall Street Journal would later dub Irving's 3-pointer "The Biggest Shot in NBA History". The following season, 2016-2017, Irving would finish the year with career high numbers in points per game and field goal percentage and was named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team for the fourth time in his career. The Cavaliers would go on to face the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals for the third consecutive year.

Irving has also seen great success on the National team level. He was a member of the USA Basketball Under-18 team that won the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in San Antonio. Irving was also a member of the USA national team that competed in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup. He helped lead Team USA to a gold medal and was subsequently named the tournament MVP. In 2016, Irving helped team USA win gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. With the win, he became just the fourth member of Team USA to capture the NBA championship and an Olympic gold medal in the same year, joining LeBron James, Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

Irving's accomplishments on the court are now being matched off the court as his brand is blossoming into one of the brightest of his generation. His signature Nike shoe, Kyrie 1, was released December 2014. At the time, he joined LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Kobe Bryant as the only players with a Nike signature basketball shoe. He is the first point guard to have a Nike signature shoe since Penny Hardaway and every colorway of the Kyrie 1 currently sold through a rate of over 100%, except one (98%). His shoe was the fastest growing worldwide brand in the history of Nike, ever.

His portrayal of Uncle Drew in the Pepsi web series has garnered over 75 million views on YouTube and is the most viewed basketball-related video of all time on the Internet.

Irving has graced the cover of NBA 2K18, as well as other video games. He currently has partnerships with Nike, Foot Locker, Mountain Dew, PSD Underwear and Skullcandy.

Outside of Irving's core business partners, he has developed a relationship with the nonprofit organization, Best Buddies. Best Buddies is an organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

At just 25-years-old, looks forward to continuing to add to his list of accolades. Outside of basketball, Irving enjoys reading and keeping a journal and is a talented singer.


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