The Cleveland Cavaliers have been in the headlines throughout the offseason, in not for the best reasons. The drama involving Kyrie Irving, the failure to acquire Carmelo Anthony or Paul George, and even more rumors of LeBron James leaving are not the type of headlines you want your team to focus on. But nonetheless, Cleveland remains a top team in the league and working towards returning to the NBA Finals. At least, they can if their team works together.
2016-17 Record: 51-31 (2nd Seed in Eastern Conference, lost to GSW in Finals)
Players Added: Derrick Rose (via FA), Dwayne Wade (via FA), Isaiah Thomas (via Trade w/ BOS), Jae Crowder (via Trade w/ BOS)
Players Lost: Kyrie Irving (via Trade w/ BOS)
What To Watch For: New Team, Same Star
The starting five for the Cleveland Cavaliers has changed quite a bit. Jae Crowder, Isaiah Thomas, and Dwayne Wade are all newly acquired members of the team, and will be starting along side LeBron James. Along the bench, top contributors include Derrick Rose, as well as returning Iman Shumpert and JR Smith. New teammates may cause chemistry issues early on, but since the offense is always centered around James, the team should be able to unite around his leadership.
Best Case Scenario: LeBron Proves He Is The Best In The World
LeBron James has a whole new cast of players around him, and if anyone will need to stand out as the leader of the group, it will be James. He will need to rally the team, run the offense, create opportunities, and overall win games. This is LeBron’s team through and through, and this team will live or die by his command.