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Cleveland Cavaliers 2015 Season Preview
Posted By: Chris Ransom on 8/30/2015
Kyrie Irving averaged 20.8 points per game at point guard on a weak Cavaliers roster in 2013-2014. That total improved to 21.7 points per game. Irving injured his left kneecap in game 1 of the 2015 NBA Finals. Cleveland added Mo Williams who averaged 14.2 points per game as a backup to Ricky Rubio in Minnesota to backup Irving in Cleveland. Williams is a nice under the radar type of player that can make a difference. First off, he's an underrated sixth man, and second he's a guy that can get you a lot of points and you don't have to pay a lot for his services. He's not cheap, but he's very affordable and finding players like that while saving cap space is what separates the great teams from the good teams.
James averaged 25.3 points per game in Cleveland after averaging 27.1 points in Miami when the Heat made the 2014 NBA Finals. There is no question that LeBron is the heart and soul of Cleveland.
Kevin Love only averaged 16.4 points per game in Cleveland after averaging 26.1 points per game in Minnesota. Love regressed significantly, yet he still received a new contract to play in Cleveland. Tristian Thompson will remain an effective backup power forward to Kevin Love.
Cleveland didn't have depth behind them at point guard with Kyrie Irving and that's what kept the Cavaliers from winning the NBA Title. As long as LeBron avoids an injury, then the Cavaliers should be able to reach the NBA Finals. James won 2 games against Golden State without Kevin Love or Kyrie Irving and that speaks volumes about how much he's matured as a player.
Cleveland may have depth at point guard and power forward in the event that Irving or Love gets injured, but Cleveland still lacks quality starters at shooting guard and center that can average 10 points per game. Not having those starters will cause Cleveland to lose to San Antonio, Golden State, Oklahoma City, or even the Los Angeles Clippers.
Cleveland Cavaliers 2015-2016 Starting 5 Predictions
Our starting 5 predictions segment will feature a brief one paragraph prediction from 5 of our basketball analysts at Draft Utopia.
Chris Ransom: The 1 seed Cleveland Cavaliers will win the Eastern Conference again. I think the Cavaliers will lose to the San Antonio Spurs or the Los Angeles Clippers in the 2016 NBA Finals.
Jesse Lucas: I gave the Cleveland Cavaliers the top seed in the Eastern Conference. I also gave the Chicago Bulls the 3 seed and have the Bulls beating Cleveland in 6 games of the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals.
Lisa Donovan: Cleveland will win their first championship in years when LeBron James and company defeat the Houston Rockets in the 2016 NBA Finals.
Brian Bayless: Cleveland will lose to Golden State in a 7 game series. I got a feeling we end up getting a rematch of the 2015 NBA Finals with Golden State winning once again.
Dax Ember: Cleveland will lose to either San Antonio, Golden State, or the Oklahoma City Thunder. I think LeBron could beat any other team in the Western Conference, but I just get this strange feeling that one of those teams keeps Cleveland from a championship in 2016.
The Verdict: The Cleveland Cavaliers will win the Eastern Conference. At the same time, LeBron has a very good chance of losing the NBA Finals for a third year in a row to a Western Conference Team that ends up winning the Western Conference.
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