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Stephen A. Smith Thinks Kyrie Irving Will Be An MVP Candidate During 2022-23 Season: "The Brother Is Playing For A New Contract."

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Kyrie Irving is, without a doubt, one of the best point guards in the league when he's on the court. He is an elite three-level scorer capable of creating his own shot against any defender in the league, and Irving frequently dazzles people with his ballhandling ability. This past season with the Brooklyn Nets, Kyrie Irving averaged 27.4 PPG, 4.4 RPG, and 5.8 APG.

Though his name was frequently mentioned in trade rumors this offseason, it looks as though Kyrie Irving will be staying with the Brooklyn Nets into next year. He picked up his player option to do so, and perhaps we will see the point guard have an elite season with the Brooklyn Nets.

Stephen A. Smith Thinks Kyrie Irving Will Be A Top MVP Candidate

There is no doubt that Kyrie Irving has the talent to be a superstar-level player on a consistent basis. Though he was a part-time player last season, this upcoming year will be a chance for him to prove that he is still one of the best and most dangerous offensive players in the league.

Stephen A. Smith is an analyst that is high on Kyrie Irving currently, claiming that the star is going to be an MVP candidate during the 2022-23 season. Smith suggested that Kyrie Irving will be playing at that level due to him playing "for a new contract" from the Brooklyn Nets.

I got Kyrie Irving as one of my top league MVP candidates... Everybody better brace themselves. Because the brother is playing for a new contract... $200 million plus dollars... That's what he's gonna have to do to get the money. In the process of balling he's gotta convince folks that he's gonna show up to work... the past is the past. I'm looking forward... This brother is gonna put on a show!

It makes sense that the Brooklyn Nets didn't want to give Kyrie Irving a long-term extension this offseason. There's no questioning his talent: however, his status as a part-time player during the 2021-22 season has put his availability and desire to play into question among analysts and fans.

Hopefully, we see Kyrie Irving end up balling out and earning a new long-term contract from the Brooklyn Nets. The team should be contending next season, and if Kyrie Irving does end up playing at an MVP level, it is hard to imagine any Eastern Conference team stopping them.