Despite his recent injury, the accolades continue to pile up for Kyrie Irving in 2013.
On the heels of winning the NBA 3-point shootout in February—along with making his All-Star Game debut—Irving was named this week to the Bloomberg Power 100 List for the first time.
This list is a Bloomberg Sports and Horrow Sports Ventures collaborative project published annually, quantifying active athletes' brand power.
The Power 100 uses a combination of on-field statistics, endorsements and social media influence to compile their ranking. A complete breakdown of the methodology
can be found here.
With a total power score of 47.43, Irving came in at No. 77 overall—sandwiched between MLB'ers Prince Fielder (76) and Adrian Beltre (77).
Irving was the youngest of only 17 NBA players included in this year's ranking.
The Cavaliers second-year point guard finished four spots behind James Harden (73) and 10 spots up on Rajon Rondo (87) as the next closest NBA players to Irving on the list.
Kevin Love aka Uncle Wes moved up from No. 85 to No.70 this year on the strength of teaming up with Uncle Drew on the Pepsi Max blacktop this summer.
A complete breakdown of how each sport was represented is below.
LeBron James topped the list for the first time in his career. Tiger Woods finished second and Peyton Manning ranked third after his first season with the Denver Broncos.
Roger Federer was the highest ranking Tennis player (5), Michael Phelps the highest Olympian (7), David Beckham led all soccer players (13) and Miguel Cabrerea (16) ranked highest among all MLB'ers.
Good company for the Kyrie Irving Brand after only 100 NBA games into his professional career.