Several NBA general managers believe the Cleveland Cavaliers will win the NBA title this year, with LeBron James being awarded the MVP title, according to reports.
According to Joe Vardon of Northeast Ohio Media Group, 16 of the NBA's 30 general managers have predicted the Cavaliers will win their first NBA Championship in franchise history. The second favorite team to win was the San Antonio Spurs, while the current champions, Golden State Warriors, were the third pick.
52 per cent picked the NBA Finals to repeat themselves this year, as they expect the Warriors to play against the Cavaliers once again.
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The article also said: 'James was the pick of 12 general managers (39 percent) to win the MVP, ahead of New Orleans power forward Anthony Davis (25 percent), Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Houston's James Harden (10.7 percent each), and reigning MVP Stephen Curry and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (7.1 percent each).'
However, LeBron was also the favorite to win the award last year, but he only managed to finish third in the MVP rankings.
Big targets to live up to have been set for the Cavaliers by the league's general managers, one which would mean they would create franchise history. However, problems towards meeting that goal may come early on for the franchise.
Tristian Thompson still isn't signed to a new contract despite the efforts of James, and Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert will be out with a knee and a wrist injury respectively. It will be interesting to see if the Cleveland side can cope when they play their opening game of the new season next week against the Chicago Bulls on October 27.