Cleveland Cavaliers: 5-2
Who would you expect?
LeBron James’ Cavaliers could fight to jell offensively, and they may not have the personnel to build an elite defense in any way. Neither of these problems stopped them from getting the NBA’s best title chances –mainly since a long season will provide new head coach David Blatt plenty of time to work out the kinks.
And if he can not figure everything out, he’s still got the best player on the planet on his group. That alone is sufficient to justify Cleveland’s spot here.
There’s reason to think the Cavs will hit the ground running on crime, and not just as they have this absurdly talented core. The truth is we’ve seen these guys can be during preseason play.
James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Dion Waiters all tried at least three triples per game during exhibition season, and all four joined on 41 percent of these shots. James, because he is not human, made exactly 50 percent.
You may think it’s impossible for all four of those players to sustain such a large collective percent, but in a crime where double-teaming anybody –or perhaps helping a smidgen too harshly –results in wide-open opportunities for another scoring dynamo, nicely. . .let’s just say the potential for offense is there.
Irving was a preseason lightning bolt, with all defenders’ hesitation to leave their assignments to dart into the lane if he desired. Drive-and-kick chances were unlimited, and they’ll remain –unless the league allows opponents to utilize six players from Cleveland.
Actually, even then…
Injuries, the slog of an 82-game year and several other uncertainties mean there are no sure things in the NBA.
But the Cavs come near.
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