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After having a marvelous offseason, the Brooklyn Nets are ready to make a statement next season. Even though they won’t have Kevin Durant with them, Brooklyn remains confident in their chances to make the playoffs and transcend in the big stage.

With Durant out the majority, if not the whole 2019/20 season, it’s expected that Kyrie Irving takes the reins of the team and take it to the promised land. In fact, his new teammate Spencer Dinwiddie sees Kyrie taking over and putting up an MVP-caliber season.

In a recent Q&A session, the Nets guard discussed a variety of topics, including his belief that Irving will be a surprising candidate to win the Most Valuable Player award next year.

It’s well known that Kyrie has been improving his game for the last five years or so, and people think this is the right time for him to stand up and be the real leader of a team. Once KD is back, they will surely be a threat for the rest of the league, but this season he has to prove that he has what it takes to lead a successful squad.

He has career averages of 22.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 5.7 assists. Last season, he recorded 23.8 points, 5.0 boards and 6.9 dimes with the Boston Celtics. Unfortunately, the Celtics had an overwhelming season and got eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks in the second round of the playoffs.

Irving’s bad relationship with the Celtics made him leave the team with more grief than glory and come back home to join the Nets, where he will be more motivated than ever. Without Durant, he has the chance to take all the attention, which is why some consider next season might be huge for the All-Star point guard.