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Stats show how Kyrie Irving is detrimental to the Brooklyn Nets

Though one of the Brooklyn Nets' superstars, Kyrie Irving may be doing more harm than good
Advance stats show how vital Kyrie Irving is to the Brooklyn Nets

Kyrie Irving has tremendous impact on the Nets' potential success this season

It's been a disappointing season for the Brooklyn Nets, who currently have a 40-38 record for a 10th spot in the eastern conference. Even if they make it in the play-in tourney and qualify for playoffs, fans and the front office won't deem it a reason to celebrate. After all, the Nets have been boasting of a superstar duo in Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant for a few years now. Despite this, the Nets have yet to make a deep playoff run. Statistics reveal that one of their stars, notably Kyrie Irving, may actually be detrimental to the team this season.

Is Kyrie pulling the Nets down?

Host and author Tommy Beer observed that the Nets are 0-7 this season when Irving plays for at least 40 minutes. The Nets are also weaker on defense, with Irving around, allowing 114.9 points per 100 possessions.

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Irving and Nets fans may claim this is a nitpicking stat to lambast the star guard. Maybe yes or maybe no. Whatever the case may be, this should be one of the talking points when discussing the Nets' struggles this season.

Never a good defender

It may be easy to point out why the Nets seem worse with Iriving on the floor. As for one, his controversial anti-vaccine stance, which caused him to miss a chunk of the season and prevented him from playing in home games, may have caused the one-time NBA Champion to fall out of sync with Steve Nash's system. The Nets may have been so used to playing without him that when Irving finally suits up and play, a massive tweak is needed to accommodate him.

Besides, Irving has never been known for his defensive prowess. He may be one of the squad's leaders, but his defensive tips to his teammates either fall on deaf ears or are immediately scrapped after he allows an easy basket from his man.
While there's still hope for the Nets to make the playoffs and possibly make a significant run, it would be wise if they look past this season and prepare for the next. The offseason should give the front office ample time to evaluate their mediocre 2021-22 campaign. Fans may see a tweak or two — but nothing extreme.

From the looks of it, the Nets failed to spend time on the floor as much as they wanted to. This is due to many reasons, such as injuries and Irving's situation, among others. As such, there's no need to press the panic button yet. Besides, let's not forget about Ben Simmons, who'll definitely suit up next season. He may pick up a ton of Irving's slack on defense and provide that much-needed offensive orchestration.

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