Season Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland gets to continue their celebration tonight as they welcome their champions back for a brand new season.
2015-2016 Record: 57-25
The team who was favored to win the East, did just that, and then did the unthinkable in coming back from a 3-1 deficit in the Finals to beat the Warriors.
The Cavaliers hope to build on being one of the most consistent teams in the league last year.
They finished 8th offensively, averaging 104.3 PPG. On the defensive side, they finished 4th, giving up 98.3 PPG.
The obvious leader of the team was LeBron James. He led the team in scoring, at 25.3 PPG, was 3rd in rebounding with 7.4 RPG, and led the team in assists with 6.8.
Kevin Love also developed into more of the player the Cavaliers hoped he would be. He finished the year almost averaging a double-double, with 16.0 PPG and 9.9 RPG. If he can find even more consistency this season, the Cavaliers could be even harder to beat.
The Cavaliers managed to retain basically their entire roster which will help them through this season. They did lose Timofey Mozgov and Matthew Dellavedova. However, they hardly saw any court time, especially once the playoffs hit.
They re-signed J.R. Smith after a stall in talks throughout the summer.
They also made an addition to the team that seems to be a common thing with LeBron based teams. Mike Dunleavy brings a Mike Miller type feel to this roster. He has been shooting around 40% from 3-point territory the last four seasons.
Look for the Cavaliers to once again be the team to beat in the East.
The Cavaliers start their season against the Knicks tonight.
Malachi David is an NBA contributor at MFST, you can follow him on Twitter: @SportReportMD