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
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
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
shootout. He ended the season with averages of 22.5 points, 5.9 assists, 3.7
rebounds and 1.5 steals
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
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,
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
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.