3. Play games
Again, this is another obvious stipulation for Kyrie Irving to once again be regarded as a top 15 player in the NBA, but it’s never been more necessary for the star point guard.
This past season was the first time since the 2018-19 season in which Irving played at least 60 games, and he did it across two teams with the Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks.
In the seasons in between, Irving played in 20 games, 54 games, and 29 games, respectively. He missed time for a multitude of different reasons throughout those three years.
Over the course of that time, Irving dealt with injuries, off-the-court issues, and a suspension by the Nets. But regardless of the variety of reasons, the point is that Irving wasn’t on the court much.
If Irving struggles with missed time again this year, then he won’t even have the chance to earn back the respect of the general NBA public. That’s where it all starts.
The Mavericks desperately need Irving to stay on the court if they want to win at the highest level, and if he wants to be seen as a top-15 player in the league again, he needs to stay on the court.