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Kyrie Irving has won one NBA Championship ring through his impressive NBA career. While Irving has yet to replicate the heights of his early career Championship success, he's maintained his place as one of the most spectacular point guards in league history. With plenty of time left in his career, Irving still has the opportunity to increase his ring count.
Irving has made his name as one of the league's most dynamic point guards. Equal parts playmaker and scorer, there's nothing that Irving can't do on the offensive side of the ball. Entering the final phase of his career, Irving is coveted across the league as a player who can help them reach their championship aspirations.
Name: Kyrie Andrew Irving
Position: Point Guard
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 195 lbs (88 kg)
Draft: Cleveland Cavaliers (1st Round, 1st Overall)
|Season||Record||Off Rtg||Def Rtg||PTS||REB||AST||STL||BLK||FG%/FGM||3P%/3PM|
|League Rank||1st (East)||3rd||10th||8th||11th||13th||28th||27th||10th/8th||7th/2nd|
The 2015-16 NBA season was Irving's second Finals run, his only successful attempt at winning the NBA Championship and his first championship ring. After failing to win the NBA Championship in the 2014-15 NBA season, the Cavaliers re-tooled and won their first NBA Championship behind the efforts of Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, accomplishing a historic comeback from a 3-1 deficit.
Despite playing only 53 regular season games, Irving was integral to the Cavaliers' success, averaging 19.6 points, 4.7 assists, and 3.0 rebounds per game on 44.8% from the field and 32.1% from three. Irving's availability didn't harm the Cavaliers' success rate, though, as Cleveland won 57 games and the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
It was a relatively easy trip to the NBA Finals for Cleveland, going 12-2 in the Eastern Conference Playoffs before their 4-3 Finals win over the Golden State Warriors. Irving stepped up in the post-season, averaging 25.2 points, 4.7 assists, and 3.0 rebounds on 47.5% from the floor and 44.0% from deep on 2.5 made per game.
Kyrie Irving owns one NBA Championship ring from his 2016 NBA Finals victory over the Golden State Warriors. While he doesn't rank among the best in terms of ring count, he stands among some of the NBA's best to play but only achieved a single championship ring. Fortunately for Irving, he projects to have many years left in his basketball career.
|Player||No. of Rings||Years Won||Team(s)|
|Bill Russell||11||1957, 1959-69||Boston Celtics|
|Sam Jones||10||1959-66, 1968-69||Boston Celtics|
|Robert Horry||7||1994-95, 2000-2002, 2005, 2007||Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs|
|Kareem Abdul-Jabbar||6||1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988||Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers|
|Michael Jordan||6||1991-93, 1996-98||Chicago Bulls|
|Scottie Pippen||6||1991-93, 1996-98||Chicago Bulls|
|Magic Johnson||5||1980, 1982, 1985, 1987-88||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Tim Duncan||5||1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014||San Antonio Spurs|
|Kobe Bryant||5||2000-02, 2009-10||Los Angeles Lakers|
|LeBron James||4||2012-13, 2016, 2020||Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers|
|Oscar Robertson||1||1971||Milwaukee Bucks|
|Jerry West||1||1972||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Kevin Garnett||1||2008||Boston Celtics|
|Dirk Nowitzki||1||2011||Dallas Mavericks|
|Kyrie Irving||1||2016||Cleveland Cavaliers|
Kyrie Irving has played 12 seasons in the NBA and reached the NBA Finals four times. He was 22 and in his fourth professional season when he reached his first NBA Finals. Irving reached the NBA Finals in four consecutive years, from 2015 to 2018.
In terms of competitiveness, Irving has been impressive in his pursuit of reaching the NBA Finals. Unfortunately for Irving, he's failed to reach the Finals since his last appearance in 2018 with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
|Bill Russell||12||1957, 1959-66, 1968-69||Boston Celtics|
|Sam Jones||11||1958-1966, 1968-1969||Boston Celtics|
|Kareem Abdul-Jabbar||10||1971, 1974, 1980, 1982-1989||Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers|
|LeBron James||10||2007, 2011-2014, 2015-2018, 2020||Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers|
1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991
|Los Angeles Lakers|
|Los Angeles Lakers|
|K. C. Jones||8||1959-1966||Boston Celtics|
|John Havlicek||8||1963-1966, 1968-1969, 1974, 1976||Boston Celtics|
|Bob Cousy||7||1957-1963||Boston Celtics|
|Robert Horry||7||1994-1995, 2000-2002, 2005-2007||Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs|
|Kobe Bryant||7||2000-2002 2004, 2008-2010||Los Angeles Lakers|
|James Worthy||6||1984-1985, 1987-1989, 1991||Los Angeles Lakers|
|Michael Jordan||6||1991-1993, 1996-1998||Chicago Bulls|
|Scottie Pippen||6||1991-1993, 1996-1998||Chicago Bulls|
|Shaquille O'Neal||6||1995, 2000-2002, 2004, 2006||Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat|
|Tim Duncan||6||1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014||San Antonio Spurs|
|Tony Parker||5||2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014||San Antonio Spurs|
|Larry Bird||5||1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987||Boston Celtics|
|Kyrie Irving||4||2015-2018||Cleveland Cavaliers|
Kyrie Irving has one NBA Championship Ring, while LeBron James has four. James and Irving were teammates for Irving's first Championship on the 2016 Cleveland Cavaliers. James earned two of his other rings with the Miami Heat and another with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Irving is one of the NBA's most talented players, and his skill set has proven desirable to some of the most competitive teams in the NBA. While he hasn't reached the NBA Finals since leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers, Irving's talents could see him compete for or join any team with a realistic shot at the NBA Championship.
Kyrie Irving's sole NBA Championship is commendable, but he falls short among the stars of his era. LeBron James, Irving's former teammate, has won four NBA Championships. Stephen Curry has also won four NBA Championships with his Golden State Warriors. Kevin Durant is a two-time NBA Champion, also with the Warriors. And Kawhi Leonard has won two Championships, one with the San Antonio Spurs and one with the Toronto Raptors.
While he's a star in his own right, Irving has never been able to lead his team to an NBA Championship as the go-to player.
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