[2017-18 NBA Preview] Cleveland Cavaliers

The NBA season is almost here. While the majority of people think the NBA season is already over before it even begins (let’s just go ahead and crown the Golden State Warriors right now, right?). we still have to let the season play out because YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN, RIGHT?

What if the Warriors are involved in some kind of freak accident and everyone gets hurt?

Well, the league just opened up for all 29 other teams to win the whole thing.

Even though I personally believe it would take a plane wreck to take the Warriors down, there are some NBA teams out there that think they have the tools and weapons to do exactly that.

Are the Cleveland Cavaliers one of those teams? If anyone in the NBA can unseat the Warriors this season, the Cavs might have the best shot. Why? Because of LeBron James. Say what you want about the guy, but LeBron is still the best player in the NBA and as long as he’s on the Cavs, they have a shot at winning it all. This year, the Cavs will look exceptionally different than they did last season. Kyrie Irving is gone. He’s in Boston now and Isaiah Thomas is here to take his place. How Thomas fits in with the Cavs will be the one of the most interesting storylines in this NBA season. Also, old ass Dwyane Wade is in Cleveland now to reunite with his BFF. Can he win yet ANOTHER title to cement his legacy even further? It’s pretty aparent that the Eastern Conference is a two-team race. It’s Boston and Cleveland. Which team has the best chance to knock off the Warriors?

Does LeBron still have enough in his tank to lead the Cavs to another NBA Finals?

LET’S FIND OUT!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Record Last Five Seasons: 24-58 (2012-13), 33-49 (2013-14), 53-29 (2014-15), 57-25 (2015-16), 51-31 (2016-17)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2016-17 NBA Finals vs. Golden State Warriors

Last Playoff Series Win: 2016-17 Eastern Conference Finals vs. Boston Celtics

Last NBA Finals Appearance: 2016-17 vs. Golden State Warriors

NBA Championships Won: 1


 

Head Coach:

Tyronn Lue

Overall Record: 78-45

Record With Team: 78-45

Playoff Record: 29-10


 

The Squad:

Starters (with averages for last season):

PG: Isaiah Thomas (28.9 PPG, 5.9 APG, 2.7 RPG, 26.5 PER)

SG: Dwyane Wade (18.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 3.8 APG, 18.5 PER)

SF: LeBron James (26.4 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 8.7 APG, 27.0 PER)

PF: Kevin Love (19.0 PPG, 11.1 RPG, 1.9 APG, 21.1 PER)

C: Tristan Thompson (8.1 PPG, 9.2 RPG, 1.0 APG, 15.3 PER)

Bench:

Derrick Rose (PG), J.R. Smith (SG), Channing Frye (F/C), Jeff Green (SF), Jae Crowder (PF), Kyle Korver (SG), Jose Calderon (PG), Walter Tavares (C), Kendrick Perkins (C), Iman Shumpert (SG)


 

Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: LeBron James (26.4)

Rebounds Per Game: Kevin Love (11.1)

Steals Per Game: LeBron James (1.2)

Assists Per Game: LeBron James (8.7)

Blocks Per Game: Tristan Thompson (1.1)

Turnovers Per Game: LeBron James (4.1)


 

The Prediction:

54-28

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