Who would you expect?
LeBron James’ Cavaliers may struggle to jell offensively, and they may not have the staff to construct a elite defense in any way. Neither of those problems stopped them from getting the NBA’s greatest name chances –mainly because a long season will give new head coach David Blatt plenty of time to work out the kinks.
And when he can’t figure everything out, he has still got the best player in the world on his team. That alone is enough to justify Cleveland’s area here.
There is reason to think that the Cavs will hit the floor running on crime, and not merely as they have this absurdly gifted core. The truth is we’ve seen these guys can be during preseason play.
James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and Dion Waiters all tried three or more triples per game during exhibition season, and all four joined on 41 percent of these shots. James, since he isn’t human, made exactly 50 percent.
You may think it impossible for all four of these players to sustain this type of large collective percentage, but in a crime where double-teaming anyone–or perhaps helping a smidgen too aggressively–results in wide-open opportunities for a another scoring dynamo, well. . .let’s just say the capacity for offense is there.
Irving was a preseason lightning bolt, with all defenders’ hesitation to leave their assignments to dart to the lane if he desired. Drive-and-kick chances were unlimited, and they will continue to be–unless the team allows opponents to use six players against Cleveland.
Actually, even then…
Accidents, the slog of an 82-game season and various other uncertainties mean there are no certain things in the NBA.
However, the Cavs come close.