NBA Championship Futures 2015: Lebron to Cleveland Edition


In what came as a shocker (but also not really) Lebron James has returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers and left the Miami Heat. His dream of bringing a championship to his home state and living back in Akron outranked everything in Miami and he’s coming back. Thanks to his homecoming the Cavaliers saw their odds jump from 33/1 to 7/2. We said this might happen back then¬†and now we’ll see what Cleveland does next. The Kevin Love rumors won’t stop and it looks like Cleveland will be going for it this year. The lack of playoff experience is a question mark, but this is still a Lebron team. Lebron gets what he wants and if he wants to add some veterans, they will. This should just serve as a reminder that the NBA is Lebron’s world and we’re all just living in it.

The defending champion Spurs at 9/2 are already a non-story thanks to all this which is probably just how they like it. Tim Duncan should be back next season and it looks like these guys have one more run left in them. (I probably shouldn’t say that because they really probably have ten more runs in them.) The emergence of Kawhi Leonard makes the Spurs scarier than ever as the age of their team becomes less questionable with the emergence of a young superstar. It’s hard not to continue to like these guys.

The Bulls at 13/2 are suddenly very interesting. One would think that it will take some time for this Cleveland team to gel and figure this out which would leave the Bulls with a prime opening to make a move this season. Jimmy Butler has been a revelation for them and if Derrick Rose can come back healthy we might just see the first non-Lebron team come out of the East in four years. Of course, they still have to beat Lebron but if that was ever going to happen this would be the year.

The Thunder remain in the mix at 13/2 with the Rockets and Clippers at 10/1 not too far behind them. Any of these top four West teams could make it to the Finals this season and with Cleveland potentially being not ready yet this season (remember none of the Cavs have playoff experience) we could see a new champion this year. We know the Thunder want it. We know Doc Rivers and the Clippers want it. This is a very interesting time in the NBA and I wish the season was starting today. Seriously, why do we have to wait til October?

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Cleveland Cavaliers 7/2
San Antonio Spurs 9/2
Chicago Bulls 13/2
Oklahoma City Thunder 13/2
Houston Rockets 10/1
Los Angeles Clippers 10/1
Golden State Warriors 20/1
Indiana Pacers 20/1
Miami Heat 25/1
Dallas Mavericks 33/1
New York Knicks 33/1
Portland Trail Blazers 33/1
Washington Wizards 33/1
Los Angeles Lakers 50/1
Memphis Grizzlies 50/1
Toronto Raptors 50/1
Brooklyn Nets 66/1
New Orleans Pelicans 66/1
Phoenix Suns 66/1
Atlanta Hawks 75/1
Boston Celtics 75/1
Charlotte Hornets 75/1
Denver Nuggets 75/1
Detroit Pistons 150/1
Minnesota Timberwolves 150/1
Milwaukee Bucks 200/1
Orlando Magic 200/1
Philadelphia 76ers 200/1
Sacramento Kings 200/1
Utah Jazz 200/1