The Kyrie Irving era has officially ended in Brooklyn, after a roller coaster experience.

Irving was traded from the Brooklyn Nets to the Dallas Mavericks on February 5, in exchange for Dorian Finney-Smith, Spencer Dinwiddie (making a return to the Nets,) a 2027 1st-round pick, and “multiple second round picks.”

From sitting out games due to his vaccination status last year to missing games this season after being suspended by the team, Irving’s tenure in Brooklyn has been tumultuous to say the least. But when Irving is on the court, he’s still one of the most talented players in the league.

Irving averaged 27.1 points, 5.8 assists, and 4.8 rebounds in 143 games over four seasons. Irving put up 27.1 points, 5.3 assists, and 5.1 rebounds this season in 40 appearances.

The pairing of Kevin Durant and Irving never reached championship aspirations, with both players health and availability being a big factor in that shortcoming.

Now, Irving teams up with Luka Doncic on a Dallas Mavericks team that has been desperate for a second star. Dallas currently sits 6th in the Western Conference at 28-26.

Brooklyn has slid to 4th in the Eastern Conference after a recent 5-5 stretch, but at 32-20, sit just 4.5 games behind the Boston Celtics for the conference’s top record.

Will the pairing of Irving and Doncic help push the Mavericks over the top? Will the Nets be better or worse, down a star but up in depth?

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