NBA Preview 2016-17: Cleveland Cavaliers

The NBA season is right around the corner. That means it’s time to take a closer look at each individual NBA team and predict how they will do this season. So strap in….it’s the ULTIMATE SPORTS BLOG’S 2016-17 NBA PREVIEW!!!!

 

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Record Last 10 Seasons: 57-25 (2016), 53-29 (2015), 33-49 (2014), 24-58 (2013), 21-45 (2012), 19-63 (2011), 61-21 (2010), 66-16 (2009), 45-37 (2008), 50-32 (2007)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2016 NBA Finals vs. Golden State Warriors

Last Playoff Series Win: 2016 NBA Finals vs. Golden State Warriors

Last NBA Finals Appearance: 2016 vs. Golden State Warriors

NBA Championships Won: 1


Head Coach:

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Tyronn Lue

Overall Record: 27-14

Record With Team: 27-14

Playoff Record: 16-5


The Squad:

Starters:

PG: Kyrie Irving (19.6 PPG, 4.7 APG, 3.0 RPG, 19.96 PER)

SG: Iman Shumpert (5.8 PPG, 1.7 APG, 3.8 RPG, 8.48 PER)

SF: Lebron James (25.3 PPG, 6.8 APG, 7.4 RPG, 27.64 PER)

PF: Kevin Love (16.0 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 0.5 BPG, 19.08 PER)

C: Tristan Thompson (7.8 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 0.6 BPG, 15.91 PER)

Bench:

Channing Frye (PF), Kay Felder (PG), Mo Williams (PG), James Jones (SF), Chris Andersen (C), Jordan McRae (SG), Markel Brown (SG), John Holland (SG), Mike Dunleavy (SF), Richard Jefferson (SF)


Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: LeBron James (25.3)

Rebounds Per Game: Kevin Love (9.9)

Steals Per Game: LeBron James (1.4)

Assists Per Game: LeBron James (6.8)

Blocks Per Game: Dahntay Jones (2.0)

Turnovers Per Game: LeBron James (3.3)


The Prediction:

55-27

The monkey is officially off the back.

Congratulations Cavaliers. You guys finally did it! You not only brought the city of Cleveland it’s first professional sports title in YEARS, but you shocked the world by taking out the “best team in NBA history” the Golden State Warriors in doing so. The big question surrounding this team is….what can they do for an encore? Is this team built to repeat or will they hit “coast mode” now that they’ve won a title?

One thing is for sure with this team. As of right now, they don’t look to be as good as last season on paper. J.R. Smith remains unsigned and shirt-less and even though he’s not my favorite player in the league, the Cavs will likely need him if they have any plans on repeating this season. Plus, how will LeBron James and Kevin Love respond after bringing the city of Cleveland it’s first NBA title? Will LeBron still play absolutely out of his mind or will he take it down a notch now that he fulfilled his goal to the city of Cleveland? There are so many questions and concerns facing this team that it’s hard to see how the pieces will fall.

Personally, I think the Cavs will find a way to get back to the Eastern Conference Finals and it wouldn’t shock me at all to see them once again playing the Warriors for a chance at another NBA title. LeBron James is the best player in the NBA and as long as he’s around, the Cavs are a threat. Is he good enough to beat the “NEW LOOK” Warriors this year though? That’s going to be the question that everyone asks until it finally happens. Buckle in Cleveland fans. It could be an interesting year this season.

 

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