Lineage of style: Irving and Strickland

If you've ever watched Kyrie Irving play and thought, "I know he reminds me of someone," you're not alone.

I've written about Irving's precocious ability several times and made the comparisons between his game and that of now-retired point guards who have played in the league.

However, Irving is compared to Rod Strickland more than any other former PG -- and for good reason. The 17-year vet, who at one point was the fifth-leading assist man in NBA history, shares a similar frame and style of play as Irving, and that's no coincidence.

Strickland is not only the lifelong friend of Drederick Irving, Kyrie's father, but he's also Kyrie's godfather.

"Coming from our neighborhood [in New York City], we were the top two players," Strickland said. "People see Kyrie go to the basket and make those kinds of layups ... Drederick was that kind of player, too. We were very similar in that aspect, but 'Dred' was more of a scorer, and I was more of a point guard."

Indeed, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Let's take a look what makes these two point guards so similar.