The Dallas Mavericks landed one of the most skilled players of all time in Kyrie Irving back in February when they made a midseason trade with the Brooklyn Nets.
In this trade they sent draft capital, multiple draft picks, Dorian Finney-Smith, and Spencer Dinwiddie to the Nets for Markieff Morris and Irving.
The Mavs put considerable stock into this trade despite Irving's expiring contract, but it ended up working out as Dallas re-signed Irving to a three-year deal this summer. The Mavs now have an elite player to play next to Luka Doncic for the next two years at least (has a player option after year two of his contract), and hopefully, this duo can take the Mavs deep into the playoffs this season.
Despite Irving often being ridiculed by media and fans alike for his off-court actions, he is well-liked by his peers in the NBA as well as many of his former coaches. One of Irving's coaches from his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers was recently on "The HoopsHype Podcast with Micheal Scotto" and talked about how special Irving is at a certain part of the game.
"Kyrie is probably one of the best finishers I’ve seen around the rim," Jamahl Mosley said. "His ability to finish there and the skills he possesses with the ball."
Jamahl Mosley coached the Mavs from 2014 until 2021 and was a fan-favorite coach during his entire stint in Dallas. After leaving the Mavs, Mosley joined the Orlando Magic to be their head coach. Mosley never got to coach Irving in Dallas, but he had plenty of time with him in Cleveland to see him grow into a star and become "one of the best finishers" he has seen.
This is a big compliment from former Mavs assistant coach Jamahl Mosley, and he isn't wrong. Irving's ability to finish around the basket despite not being the strongest or tallest guard is unmatched. He finishes with either hand with ease and puts unreal spin on the ball when making tough reverse layups.
Irving also finishes through contact often and uses an array of different moves to get to the bucket and score at the rim. His bag is as deep as anyone in the league, and star guard Damian Lillard recently called Irving's game "the most beautiful in history."
No one else can make the type of tough finishes that Irving routinely scores and he displays this every time he steps on the floor. Fans' first chance to see Irving in regular season action will be on October 25, as the Mavs will look to spoil Victor Wembanyama's debut in San Antonio.
We'll have you covered with all the latest news surrounding Kyrie Irving and the Dallas Mavericks this season, so stay tuned.