Like last year, Kyrie Irving's defense has been a somewhat major topic of discussion, both by Cavaliers' fans and by the coaching staff. Just five days ago, Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal quoted Coach Byron Scott saying this:

"[Defense] is the only thing that's going to separate him," Scott said. "Every person I talk to basketball-wise, they know how gifted he is offensively. But the one word that keeps coming out of their mouths is he has to get better on the defensive end and I think he knows that. That's what separates Chris Paul. He's extremely good on the other end of the floor. Rondo is the same way. Derrick Rose, before he got hurt, was the same way."

So while the defense continues to be a work in progress according to Coach Scott, let's at least see how the numbers stack up compared to last year for the second-year point guard.

Last season, Irving was pretty much a sieve defensively by any metric or objective observer. According to Synergy, Irving allowed 1.03 points-per-possession overall, which ranked him at 447th in their database.