NBA FANTASY BASKETBALL DRAFT NEWS 10-13-2015
CLEVELAND CAVALIERS LEADS THE EAST GOING INTO THE SEASON
The Cleveland Cavaliers came up short of capturing their first NBA championship last year. LeBron James led the team into their 2nd NBA final appearance. He did it without his star teammates Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, both injured during the playoffs. Ultimately, the Golden State Warriors took the crown from King James, proving that basketball is not a one man sport.
The Cavaliers finished second behind the Atlanta Hawks in the eastern conference, with a record of 53-29. All of this happened under rookie coach David Blatt. Sure, he had a tremendous coaching career overseas before taking the reign of the NBA team, but leading his squad to the finals in his first year is no easy task.
Despite the missed opportunity to win the title, there are a lot of positives going into this season. First and foremost was resigning the most important fantasy basketball player in the world. LeBron James came back last year to Cleveland for redemption (after leaving Cleveland for Miami Heat in 2010) and to win them a championship. This town is in dire need of a relevant team in sport. Cleveland failed to win a trophy in any major sport since 1964. All of this can change this year with the Cavs.
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The 2011 first overall pick in the NBA draft is slowly becoming a star point guard in the league. Last year, he had 21.7 PPG with a career high .415 3P%. He was part of the last three NBA all-star game. The 23 years-old also had a career high 57 point game against the San Antonio Spurs in 2015. Unfortunately, he’s still recovering from a left kneecap fracture he suffered in Game 1 of the NBA final. It is unlikely he will be ready for the start of the season.
Cleveland Cavaliers SG
Shumpert came in the league with defensive acumen and explosive athleticism. A change of scenery from New York to Cleveland is exactly what he needed to rejuvenate his career. His field goal percentage went up to .410 with the Cavs last year. He will miss the first three month of the season because of a wrist injury.
Smith, who came in the same trade than Shumpert, also needed a change of scenery. New York’s nightlife got to him and it was messing with his career. He found comfort playing with LeBron James last season. The 2013 NBA sixth man of the year winner plays an intense kind of game. Cleveland can count on him to create a spark when needed.
Cleveland Cavaliers SF
LeBron needs no introduction. That’s right, he’s that good. And yet, the NBA MVP title has eluded him the past two years. Last season, he finished third in the league in point per game with 25.3. The King is capable of bringing his team to the playoffs by himself. But with a healthy Irving and Love, the Cavs has the potential to win the championship.
Cleveland Cavaliers PF
This power forward came into Cleveland with a lot of expectations, but he has failed to reach them. The Cavaliers are giving him a second chance, after resigning him during the off-season. His ability to get rebounds makes him a valuable player. Love has collected 9.7 rebounds/game last year, while scoring 16.4 points/game. After missing out on the last playoffs due to injury, the 27 years-old can now focus on improving his numbers during the 2015 season.
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The big Russian upgraded his offensive numbers in 2015, scoring 10.6 PPG after he was traded from the Nuggets to the Cavaliers. It’s probably the LeBron effect.