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Are The Cleveland Cavaliers Really The Favorites To Win The 2015 NBA Championship With LeBron?

Submitted by on July 14, 2014 – 3:43 pmNo Comment

The biggest story in the world of sports is LeBron James heading home to the Cleveland Cavs. It’s a heartwarming story of betrayal and redemption that could be one of the best narratives in the history of sports. However, perhaps lost in all of this is how the excitement has made its way to the Las Vegas sports books as oddsmakers have installed the King James-led Cavs as 4-1 favorites to win an NBA title next season.

4-1? Ahead of the Spurs and the Thunder?

Wait a minute! Slow down!

Yes, the addition of LeBron James, the Cavs are immediately among the favorites to win in the Eastern Conference. As we know, the Eastern Conference is weak. However, it’s not that weak. It will be interesting to see how James’ Cavs deal with the Miami Heat, who recently added Luol Deng and Josh McRoberts. Also, if Derrick Rose manages to return healthy, the Chicago Bulls will find themselves in the mix as they have added Pau Gasol. The Indiana Pacers are still a factor as well.

To suggest that the Cavs are the prohibitive favorite is a bit of an exaggeration. And that’s not even mentioning the monsters in the Western Conference. There’s no reason why the San Antonio Spurs shouldn’t top this list as favorites to win it again in 2015. It’s also not as if the OKC Thunder aren’t a strong pick to dethrone the Spurs in the West and win a championship. Not to mention the Rockets, Clippers and Mavericks are all worthy of title contention consideration.

Looking at the Cavs right now, they are still inexperienced and lack the surrounding talent to push LeBron to his 3rd title. If LeBron couldn’t get it done with Wade and Bosh, why would a core of Irving and Wiggins be any better? The truth is that they aren’t, yet.

Of course, that will all change if the Cavs are able to swing a deal to land Kevin Love or any other marquee names who would like to play alongside LeBron. But as of right now, they just aren’t ready to be named as a clear cut favorite. It’s all emotional.

Let’s see what the Cavs do to surround King James with a worthy court of talent.

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