I like it. CJ McCollum gives you 95% of what Kyrie does and is actually likeable (unlike Kyrie).
McCollum could certainly play PG in this system. The PG gets loads of help from the rest of the players in this system.
Out of curiosity, what do you find unlikable about Kyrie?
Scoring PG. Bad effort without the ball. Rarely plays defense. Mediocre rebounder. A mediocre passer. Bad floor general. Doesn't make his teammates better. A guy who only cares about his own numbers. Selfish player. Then all the crap / weird stuff in the interviews. Earth is flat crap. Like a child wanting attention. His game doesn't appeal to me and his personality doesn't appeal to me.
He is the luckiest guy ever to luck his way onto LeBron's team and then Ainge's titan of a team. If not for those two guys, Kyrie would still be struggling to make the playoffs.
I question a lot of this assessment.
Bad movement off-ball? I thought he worked handoffs and backdoors pretty well with Horford and Baynes last year.
Mediocre Rebounder? He's a point guard. Our team rebounding was pretty high level with him on the court. I don't need him stealing rebounds from other players to boost his own stats.
Barely plays defense? Yes and no. Almost every elite guard playmaker focuses their energy on offense (Harden, Westbrook, James, Lillard, DeRozan, Walker, Curry). What I like about Irving is that he can lock-in on defense and make importance crunch-time defensive plays. The Houston game in Boston last year turned on multiple defensive plays by Irving in the 2nd. He had multiple key stands against Curry in the finals the year the Cavs won it.
Mediocre passer? He isn't Paul, but then again, Paul can't score like Irving can. Only Harden, James, and Westbrook scored as many points and dished out as many assists per36 as Irving did last year.
Bad floor general? Doesn't make teammates better? I thought Tatum and Brown both showed confidence and development early in the year in large part because of Irving's confidence in them and the way he set them up.
Selfish? I've never seen that. In fact, I would rather he shot more. At times, he takes one too many dribbles, but I always had a sense that he picks his spots and sets up other guys early in the game to get them involved.
If you don't like his personality, that's fine, but don't let that color who he is as a basketball player.