Let's say Chris Grant gets a call tomorrow morning. He now has the option to trade Kryie Irving for John Wall. Or, in another hypothetical, Rajon Rondo. Then you have the option of Russel Westbrook. In the next alternate universe, it's Chris Paul, or maybe Deron Williams. Which one of these guys (if any) would you trade our young PG for?
Obviously, this type of question is most likely not, and never going to be, very practical. Rather I think it's a useful way to think about Kyrie's value to our team.
I would definitely not trade Kyrie Irving for John Wall. John Wall has done little to establish himself as anything more than a wildly erratic combo-guard at this point in his career, and appears to have the shooting ability of a late-career Eric Snow. Kyrie doesn't have his raw athleticism or speed, but his youth (2 years younger) and excellent shooting put him over the top here.
I would, however, definitely trade Kyrie for Rajon Rondo. In my mind, Rondo's performance in these playoffs has really given him an argument for his being the best point guard in the league. His 44-point, 10-assist game against the HEAT was masterful. Kyrie simply has yet to show he can carry a team like that. Rondo is six years older, but he is the best point guard in the NBA right now.
Russell Westbrook is a trickier decision. Bill Simmons, actually, rated Kyrie higher than Westbrook in his trade value column this year, due to Kyrie's rookie contract. However, I think most rational, observant NBA fan would prefer Westbrook. He is truly a superstar, even if he isn't really a point guard. Kyrie Irving is great, but he doesn't have the explosiveness Westbrook has, that is required to really be a superstar in this league.
I wouldn't, however, trade Kyrie Irving for Chris Paul or Deron Williams. Now, I entirely concede the point that they are both leaps and bounds ahead of Kyrie in all levels of play at this point (except, arguably, shooting.) But they are both 27, and that makes an enormous decision. And unlike Rondo, they both have an injury history.
What do you guys think?