Who would you expect?
LeBron James’ Cavaliers may struggle to jell offensively, and they might not have the personnel to construct an elite defense in any way. Neither of those issues stopped them from getting the NBA’s greatest title odds–mainly because 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 has still got the best player on the planet on his group. That alone is enough to justify Cleveland’s area here.
There is reason to think that the Cavs will hit the floor running on offense, and not merely as they have such an absurdly gifted core. The truth is we’ve seen these men can be through preseason play.
James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Dion Waiters all tried three or more triples per game during exhibition period, and all four joined on at least 41 percent of these shots. James, because he is not human, made exactly 50 percent.
You may think it impossible for all four of these players to sustain this type of large collective percent, but in an offense where double-teaming anyone–or perhaps helping a smidgen too harshly –results in wide-open opportunities for a another scoring dynamo, nicely. . .let’s just say the potential for crime is there.
Irving was a preseason lightning bolt, with all defenders’ hesitation to leave their missions to dart into the lane if he wanted. Drive-and-kick chances were unlimited, and they will continue to be–unless the team allows opponents to utilize six players from Cleveland.
In fact, even then…
Accidents, the slog of an 82-game season and several other uncertainties mean there are no certain things in the NBA.
However, the Cavs come close.