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Former NBA star Rip Hamilton picks Cavaliers to win this year's NBA Finals

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With the 2017-18 season almost upon us, many analysts and fans are already giving up hope of anyone other than the Golden State Warriors winning the NBA title this year.

With Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green - not to mention a stellar supporting cast - all returning to the Bay Area this season, it will certainly be hard to take down the defending league champions.

However, it would be unwise to completely count out every other squad, and one NBA analyst thinks there's a great chance another team will hoist the trophy at the end of the year.

Former NBA star Rip Hamilton, now a CBS Sports analyst, said he thinks the Cleveland Cavaliers will be the last team standing this season. According to CBSSports.com, he said the Cavs' depth gives them the edge over the Warriors (or any other Western Conference team) in a potential Finals matchup:

"I think the Cavs are my favorite," he said. "When you look at the guys, and the talent that they have on their team. They got three guys on this team that have been first-team All-NBA in their career. What that does, it's great for LeBron James, because now he doesn't have to go out there and feel as though he has to put the team on his shoulders each and every night. You got a guy like Dwyane Wade that's willing to come in and play the 'Robin' role, and is willing to come out there and say, 'alright, you know what LeBron, when it's my turn to take over, I'll be ready.'

"They got guys that's been ready and prepared for big moments. We didn't even talk about Isaiah Thomas. He's coming back in January, a guy that can be a big spark, especially in the open court, making plays, and getting to the free throw line, and making plays at the basket."

Considering the Cavs have LeBron James, it's always unwise to count them out. Plus, if the Cavs reach their fourth-straight NBA Finals, anything can happen.

2017 NBA Finals - Game Five

Indeed, we watched two years ago as the Cavs shockingly came back from a 3-1 deficit to claim their first-ever NBA title in historic fashion.

Though they didn't fare so well in 2015 or 2017, a fourth matchup against the Warriors would definitely be interesting to see.

The Cavaliers don't have star point guard Kyrie Irving anymore, but they do have a deep roster that will make it tough for any team in the Eastern Conference - including the Boston Celtics - to beat them.

Topics:
NBA Playoffs
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
NBA
NBA Finals
LeBron James

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