Aussie-born Irving wins NBA All-Star MVP

Aussie-born Irving wins NBA All-Star MVP

Australian-born star Kyrie Irving has propelled the East to a 163-155 victory in the 2014 NBA All-Star Game, claiming his first NBA All-Star Game MVP in New Orleans today, becoming the first Australian to achieve the honour.

The son of former NBL import Drederick Irving, Kyrie impressed in his second NBA All-Star appearance and first as a starter, posting a team-high 31 points on a remarkable 14-of-17 shooting to go with a game-high 14 assists and five rebounds in 34 minutes.

A teammate of Australian Boomers star Matthew Dellavedova at the Cleveland Cavaliers, Irving is no stranger to the NBA All-Star Weekend, winning the 2013 NBA Three-Point Shootout and 2012 NBA Rising Stars Game MVP.

Irving was born in Australia, while his father played in the NBL, moving back to the USA at the age of two. This hasn’t stopped the 21-year-old from making regular visits to his birthplace – most recently in 2013.

The number one overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft, Irving has wasted little time making his mark on the NBA, claiming Rookie of the Year honours in his debut season.

In just his third NBA season, Irving has found the going tough this season, with his Cleveland team struggling on court and dealing with a host of issues off the court.

They are currently fourth in the Central Division of the Eastern Conference with a record of 20-33.