Who’d you expect?
LeBron James’ Cavaliers could fight to jell offensively, and they might not have the personnel to build a elite defense at all. Neither of those issues stopped them from getting the NBA’s greatest title odds–mainly since a long season will provide new head coach David Blatt plenty of time to work out the kinks.
And when he can not figure everything out, he has still got the best player on the planet on his team. That alone is sufficient to warrant Cleveland’s spot here.
There is reason to believe the Cavs will hit the ground running on crime, and not merely because they have this absurdly gifted core. The truth is we have seen these guys can be through preseason play.
James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Dion Waiters all attempted three or more triples per game during exhibition season, and all four connected on 41 percent of those shots. James, because he isn’t human, made exactly 50 percent.
You may think it impossible for all four of those players to sustain this type of large collective percentage, but in an offense where double-teaming anybody –or perhaps helping a smidgen too aggressively–results in wide-open chances to get another scoring dynamo, nicely. . .let’s just say the capacity for league-leading offense is there.
Irving was a preseason lightning bolt, using defenders’ hesitation to leave their assignments to dart to the lane whenever he desired. Drive-and-kick chances were endless, and they’ll remain –unless the league allows opponents to utilize six players from Cleveland.
In fact, even then…
Accidents, the slog of an 82-game year and several other uncertainties mean there are no sure things in the NBA.
However, the Cavs come close.
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