So is he worth a max deal? Listed below are similar players with the most # of similar seasons to Kyrie's typical season.
What do all of these guys have in common? They are all really, really good guards who you would love to have on your team, but there are not a ton of 1st team all-NBA appearances here. So the answer to the "Does Kyrie deserve the money" question depends upon who you think should get Max deals.
Should it be only guys likely to be first or second team all-NBA? Then no, he doesn't deserve such a deal. Should it be guys who are regular all-stars who are top 24 players? Then yes. The tiebreaker, I think, is that the Cavs are really unlikely to get a guy in free agency to pay a max deal, so if Kyrie is willing to sign with you, then you sign him and worry about overpaying some other time.
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