The Dallas Mavericks made one of the most unexpected and biggest moves in franchise history at the trade deadline last season when they traded for star point guard Kyrie Irving.
Dallas was in the mix for Irving, but as the trade deadline inched closer, it seemed like Dallas wouldn't pull the trigger on the move.
Despite the massive appeal on paper, the Mavs ended up falling in the standings after the trade and missed the playoffs.
NBA Champion reveals surprising reason why Mavs guard Kyrie Irving is hard to guard
They couldn't play good enough defense to keep them in games, and Irving and Luka Doncic were battling injuries down the stretch.
Now Dallas is going all in, as they re-signed Irving this summer to be Doncic's partner in crime. This duo only won a handful of games together last season, and they will look to gain more on-court chemistry and compete for a title this season.
Irving is one of the most well-liked players from around the league and is known as one of the most skilled players of all time. In a recent interview with former Mavericks guard Theo Pinson on his podcast "Run Your Race," three-time NBA Champion Danny Green talked about what makes Kyrie so hard to guard.
"What makes Kai (Kyrie Irving) so hard to guard, (he) is shockingly very athletic," Green said.
Green also talked about how good Irving is at hanging in the air to finish and using his strength. Irving's athleticism and quickness are one of the most underrated parts of his game, and Green's breakdown of Irving's game was insightful.
Green then talked about how misunderstood Irving is and how little recognition he gets. Irving has become underrated over the last few years, and hopefully, he and Doncic can help push the Mavs into the playoffs this season.
We'll have you covered with all the news on Luka Doncic, Kyrie Irving, and the Dallas Mavericks this season, so stay tuned.