Based on the Team USA scrimmage Thursday in Las Vegas, the NBA has a dazzling future.
Perhaps no one exemplified that more than Cleveland Cavaliers’ point guard Kyrie Irving, who scored a game-high 23 points and added seven assists to lead the White squad to a 128-106 win over the Blue.
The game concluded four days of mini-camp under Team USA coach Mike Krzyzyewski.
Irving did what he typically does while wearing a Cavs uniform — displaying an array of drives, an ability to take contact and finish near the basket, and stepping out for a pair of 3-pointers.
New Orleans Pelicans forward center Anthony Davis led the Blue team with 22 points and seven rebounds.
In all, the mini-camp featured 28 younger NBA players who are vying for a spot on a Team USA roster that currently boasts future Hall-of-Famers such as Miami Heat forward LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.
Twenty-five of the 28 in camp played in the scrimmage.
“For me personally, I was just trying to make plays for myself and my teammates, that’s what it’s about,” Irving told reporters in Las Vegas. “Nerves were a factor in the beginning. The Blue team got up 8-0 … but when we settled in we did a great job and picked it up on the defensive end first and the offense took care of itself.”
Irving’s Cavs teammates, shooting guard Dion Waiters and center Tyler Zeller, also saw action. Waiters started for the Blue team and scored five points. Zeller came off the bench for the White and collected eight points and five boards.