Kyrie Irving played in his first-ever game for the Boston Celtics last night, and while it might only be preseason and therefore, doesn't count, he still gave Celtics fans inside the TD Garden a demonstration of what's to come this season.
Back in August, Boston traded for Irving and sent Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the rights to the Brooklyn Nets' 2018 first-round draft pick, as well as a 2020 second-round draft pick via the Miami Heat in exchange for the point guard.
It's a lot to give up for just one player, but the Celtics have the confidence in Kyrie that he could be their main star for the next ten years or so and someone which they can build a franchise around and win multiple championships.
So how do you get the fans excited? You make sure you give them a sample of what's to come during the season. That's exactly what Irving did during Boston's first preseason game straight from the off.
In the first quarter with 7:10 remaining on the clock, the four-time All-Star received the ball from an Al Horford bounce pass, he then immediately went to the basket for a two-handed slam in front of Nicolas Batum.
The dunk drew lots of cheers from the fans and it was the first step towards the point guard truly establishing himself as the leader of this team following his trade from the Cavaliers.
Now with the talent on their roster lead by Irving, the Celtics will be hoping to get back to the Finals for the first time since 2010 after narrowly missing out last season when they were knocked out of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference Finals by Cleveland.
Irving's performance last night is certainly giving Boston fans confidence that this team has the potential to win a championship for the first time since 2008, although there is still a long way to go.