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The Brooklyn Nets Have A Better Record Without Kyrie Irving Than With Him

(via Fadeaway World)

(via Fadeaway World)

Even without Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving was expected to lead the Brooklyn Nets through a fruitful campaign this season.

To be short and blunt, that has not been the case so far. Despite averaging a respectable 28.5 points, 7.2 assists, and 5.4 rebounds per game, the Nets have actually fared better without him on the floor. Through 17 games, Brooklyn is 4-7 when Kyrie has been active, and 5-1 when he has been out due to injury. It's early, and those numbers are subject to change, but it's certainly a surprising stat to think about.

Truth be told, they don't really seem to be missing him at all. The ball moves more, the players seem to connect on another level, and the team is winning at a higher pace.

Additionally, there has been chatter about Irving's locker-room behavior -- especially last season with the Celtics. He was described as "moody" and a "drama queen" by some of those with knowledge of the situation. Of course, the Celtics' performance on the court only increased the intensity of the situation.

Now, in Brooklyn, all of that was supposed to change. He's home and in a place that he chose. Yet, the chatter of Kyrie's theatrics continues, and the Nets seem to be struggling to fit him onto their roster.