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Sport Fantasy Basketball: What can you expect from Kyrie Irving's return and how does it impact other Nets players?

12:59  05 january  2022
12:59  05 january  2022 Source:   sportingnews.com

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How will Kyrie Irving ' s return impact the Nets ' rotation? Irving will fill some of the shooting void left by Joe Harris, who has been limited to 14 games due to an ankle injury that required surgery. How available will Kyrie Irving be to the Nets ? The Nets could be seeing a decent amount of Irving the rest of the season. Of Brooklyn's remaining 44 games, 24 are on the road. Assuming he remains unvaccinated, he won't be allowed to play in three of those road games - two games at Madison Square Garden and one in Toronto - but he will be eligible to play in the others regardless of his vaccination

To be fair, Irving playing at all is better than what we have had the past few months, and we should point out there are a pair of January weeks in which the Nets play nothing but road games. Perhaps he is even ready to play by then! Still, for the other weeks, assuming you participate in a weekly format He is so talented. If Irving sticks to his career averages, one or two games per week might eclipse what a fantasy manager's worst-activated player would do over three or four games, so maybe I should reassess. It just seems like this could end up frustrating Irving ' s fantasy investors even more, but in a

According to The Athletic's Shams Charania, Kyrie Irving is set to make his return for the Nets on Wednesday, Jan. 5 when they travel to take on the Pacers.

That means congratulations are in order for Fantasy Basketball GMs who took a chance on Irving in their fantasy drafts this year, likely selecting the All-Star guard much later than he is typically available because of the uncertainty looming around his availability entering the season.

Your team will receive an immediate late-season boost, giving you a prolific scorer and playmaker for your push to the playoffs.

But to be clear, Irving will still only compete as a part-time player, playing strictly in road games (unless his vaccination status changes). As of now, Irving will only be available for a maximum of 22 games.

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Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is expected to make his season debut Wednesday on the road against the Indiana Pacers, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. After missing the Nets ’ first 35 games of the season, Irving has targeted Wednesday for his return . There were some legitimate questions about whether or not the three of them could coexist when they first joined forces, but Irving , Durant and Harden sure looked comfortable playing off of each other . Harden changed his game the most, taking over the more traditional point guard duties — you know, like running the offense and making sure

Nets star guard Kyrie Irving is expected to play against the Indiana Pacers on Jan. 5, marking his first game this season with Brooklyn, according to The Athletic' s Shams Charania. It ' s the Nets ' first road game of the season, and those are the only games Irving will be allowed to play in when he returns since Irving had been staying ready during his time away from the team, though, and he hopes that work will translate to some production early on. "I’m thankful for everybody that helped me stay in shape during the time – playing in middle school gyms, playing in some college gyms," Irving said last week.

Brooklyn has 25 road games remaining this season, but two are in New York against the Knicks and one is against the Raptors in Toronto – two places Irving cannot play due to his vaccination status.

So with that being said, what can you expect from 22 games of Kyrie Irving and how will it affect his teammates' production in Fantasy Basketball?

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Fantasy Basketball: The impact of Kyrie Irving's return

What can you expect from 22 games of Kyrie Irving?

GMs who drafted Irving will almost certainly get much more production out of Irving in 22 games than the player they could have selected in his place at that point of fantasy drafts. In fact, some GMs may have even scooped Irving off of the waiver wire once the announcement came that he was returning as a part-time player. (This is the time to state the obvious that Irving should already be added in your fantasy league, but he is still available in 15.2 percent of ESPN fantasy leagues at the time of this writing, so if he is still somehow on the waiver wire, pick him up now.)

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How about you just fucking say it . Kyrie Irving makes the Nets worse. Sure Kyrie still has a big dumb mouth and hasn't been playing at an all-NBA level, but even in these last buncha games since his return he' s looked like the best player on the court for the Nets and he' s still one of the most fun players to watch in the NBA. Also it ' s not like we gave up a ton of picks or took on bad contracts in order to make this acquisition happen or even gave up a promising future.

Kyrie Irving is finally set to play . And the Nets are finally set to be whole. The seven-time All-Star is expected to make his season debut on Wednesday night when the Nets play in Indiana. The Athletic was the first to report that the star point guard was targeting the Pacers game for his return , and teammates confirmed as much when asked by the Post at the morning shootaround for Monday’ s game against Memphis. “ You know there’ll be a small adjustment period, but having one of the best point guards of all time on a court, you can never go wrong with that.”

No matter the format you use, Irving is set to give you a major boost in points, assists, steals and 3-pointers. He'll also drive up your field goal and free throw percentage if you play in a head-to-head categories league.

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Last season, Irving averaged 26.9 points, 6.0 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 steals and 2.8 3s per game with .506/.402/.922 shooting splits. There's no reason to believe he can't do the same, even as a part-time player, this year.

Is it worth trying to trade Irving?

Absolutely, if you can find someone to take him on knowing he's a part-time player.

However, it is worth noting that Irving should be "IL" eligible during the home games he misses, which is huge for fantasy GMs. You should be able to slot him into one of those spots and stream players in his absence, giving Irving some interesting value, even as a part-time player.

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Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is expected to make his season debut Wednesday on the road against the Indiana Pacers, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. After missing the Nets ’ first 35 games of the season, Irving has targeted Wednesday for his return . Though the Nets ’ schedule becomes more road-heavy later this month, through February and into March, Irving can’t play the Knicks in New York, Raptors in Toronto or seemingly the Wizards in Washington. So, his availability will remain pretty limited.

Irving has not been vaccinated against the coronavirus, which makes him ineligible to play home games under a New York City vaccine mandate. The Nets initially rejected the prospect of having Irving play only road games before reconsidering when a COVID-19 outbreak depleted the team’s roster. Asked what would be the determining factors in Irving ’ s return , Nash said, “ how he feels and whether we determine it is safe for him to come back.” Nets general manager Sean Marks said on Dec. 18 that the team was open to bringing Irving back as a part-time player . At the time, Brooklyn had 10

But for the right deal, it would be silly not to part ways with a player who can only play in half of the remaining games in the season no matter how productive he'll be when he's on the floor.

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Which Nets players are most affected by Irving's return?

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I don't expect the fantasy value of stars like Kevin Durant or James Harden to be affected much at all by Irving's return.

Sure, maybe there will be some road games where Durant or Harden don't see as many shot attempts, but their looks will only be easier when all three of them share the floor and it should drive up assists to add a scorer of Irving's caliber by their side.

The player whose value will take the biggest hit is undoubtedly Patty Mills.

Mills has become a solid spark plug for the Nets in Irving's absence, averaging 13.8 points and 3.3 3-pointers per game this season. He became a favorite streaming option for points, assists and 3s in fantasy this season, and he may have even latched on to some teams full-time as health and safety protocols ravaged the league.

I would say you're safe to cut Mills loose upon Irving's return, even though he'll play the same role he does now in home games. With that being said, if you have Irving on your roster and are looking for a streaming option when the Nets are at home, Mills will always be a strong replacement.

Kyrie Irving on getting vaccinated: “I’ve made my decision already and I’m standing on it.” .
"I stay rooted in my decision. That’s just what it is. It’s not going to be swayed by one thing in this NBA life."Monday, Irving slammed the door shut.

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