Who’d you expect?
LeBron James’ Cavaliers could fight to jell offensively, and they might not have the personnel to construct an elite defense at all. Neither of those problems stopped them from getting the NBA’s greatest name chances –mainly since a lengthy season will give new head coach David Blatt lots of time to work out the kinks.
And when he can’t figure out everything, he has still got the best player in the world on his team. That alone is sufficient to justify Cleveland’s area here.
There is reason to believe the Cavs will hit the ground running on offense, and not just because they have this absurdly talented core. The truth is we have seen how potent these guys can be through preseason play.
James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Dion Waiters all attempted at least three triples per game during exhibition season, and all four joined on 41 percent of these shots. James, since he is not human, made just 50 percent.
You might think it impossible for all four of those players to sustain such a large collective percentage, but in an offense where double-teaming anyone–or perhaps helping a smidgen too aggressively–contributes to wide-open chances to get another scoring dynamo, nicely. . .let’s just say the potential for crime is there.
Irving was a preseason lightning bolt, using defenders’ hesitation to leave their assignments to dart into the lane whenever he desired. Drive-and-kick opportunities were endless, and they will remain –unless the league makes it possible for opponents to utilize six players against Cleveland.
In fact, even then…
Injuries, the slog of an 82-game year and various other uncertainties mean there are no certain things in the NBA.
However, the Cavs come near.
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