2015 NBA Finals Prediction

Coming out of the Eastern Conference we have the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavaliers making the finals just goes to show how much one player can help a whole team. When LeBron James played for the Heat, they made the finals all 4 years he was there, and the Cavaliers didn’t even make the playoffs. LeBron James comes back to the Cavaliers and BOOM, they are headed to the Finals.

Out west we have the Golden State Warriors advancing to the finals. Wait, who?! That’s right, without any roster upgrade, the Warriors go from the 6th best team in the West to the best team in the NBA. Many, including Warriors superstar Wardell Curry, were upset at the firing of coach Mark Brown after last years first round exit. However, no one can complain now, as they have a 50% chance at becoming champions.

Many feel this will be a tightly contested series, and I agree. You have the best offense and defense in the NBA (Warriors) playing against one of the most talented teams in the NBA (Cavs). Superstar forward Kevin Love is out with a shoulder injury, and star point guard Kyrie Irving has been on and off due to injury. The fact that the Cavs were able to get to the Finals so easily without consistently having 2 of their best 3 players just goes to show how great LeBron James is. All in all, I’d say the experience of LeBron James gives the Cavs this series, as the Warriors are too dependent on the 3 point shot. The absence of Kevin Love will be felt, but I still feel that Cavs will be able to get the job done and win this series. steph-curry-lebron-james

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The Lakers might actually have some hope!

“The 2nd pick in the 2015 NBA draft will be chosen by, the Los Angeles Lakers!” Our luck in this years draft was absolutely huge, as our record indicated we would not have a top 3 pick, and somehow, the basketball gods blessed us with the 2nd pick. That means we can get one of the two dominant big men, Karl Anthony Towns or Jahlil Okafor. Also available is the explosive shooting guard Deangelo Russell, who has drawn comparisons to the likes of James Harden.

So one draft pick will suddenly put us back in basketball contention? Absolutely not. However, having this young talent actually makes us attractive to the 2015 free agent pool, as we gave a great chance at superstar forward Kevin Love. The starting line up is potentially Jordan Clarkson, Kobe, Randle, Love, and Okafor. Suddenly, our terrible season doesn’t seem so terrible at all.

Even if we aren’t able to attract a great free agent, not doing great this year can be a blessing in disguise. That’s because it would potentially give us another lottery pick in the 2016 draft, and more cap space for the DEEP free agent class of 2016. All in all, I believe we will be a force by the 2016-2017 NBA season.

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