Projected Starting Lineup:
Projected Record: 55-27
After posting a 51-31 record last season and being the number two seed in the Eastern Conference, the Cavs are looking to make a fourth straight finals trip. The Cavs traded Kyrie Irving to the Boston Celtics and strengthened their bench in the process. The additions of Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas are great additions to a playoff-bound team. Isaiah draws close comparisons to Kyrie’s offensive stats, while Jae Crowder brings a great “three and D game”. While teams in the East are progressing, the Cavs have used offseason transactions to bolster their roster. By the looks of it, teams such as the Wizards and Bucks won’t be able to take down the Cavs.
I believe the Cavaliers will beat the Celtics in the ECF, 4-2. The addition of Kyrie isn’t enough to combat the loss of two key starters for the past two seasons. This may be LeBron’s final season in Cleveland and it is easily the best roster he has ever had in Cleveland. This team has a positive chance to beat the Warriors in the finals, but I believe they will lose 4-3. I hope I’m wrong.