During the 2017 offseason, regular season, and playoffs all NBA fans were waiting for the inevitable finals matchup: Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors. The finals matchup between arguably two of the best teams in NBA history will begin tomorrow. Kyrie Irving vs. Stephen Curry, Kevin Love vs. Draymond Green, and obviously Lebron James vs. Kevin Durant will create one of the most intriguing finals to watch in the history of the NBA.
In my opinion, Lebron James is the best player in NBA history; Yes. That means better than Michael Jordan. I also believe that the 2016-2017 Golden State Warriors is the best team in NBA history; Yes. That means better than the 1995-1996 Chicago Bulls. The best player vs. the best team. You can’t deny that this series will be entertaining.
Personally, I believe the Warriors will sweep the Cavs. The overall talent of the Warriors really is not able to be matched. The best shooter of all-time, one of the best off-ball shooters of all time, one of the best scorers of all time, and a player who has the ability to get under anyone’s skin in an NBA game somehow all ended up on the same team. You can’t deny that this team is more talented than the Cavs.
However, I also believe that if somehow, Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers can win at least two out of the first five games, Lebron will win his fourth Larry O’Brien Trophy. Lebron’s ability to dominate all 48 minutes of a game is unmatched my anyone other than Michael Jordan, and that is why I believe that if it comes down to it, Lebron can will his team to wins in back-to-back games.
This finals will make history for one more reason. The last time a player won the Finals MVP award while also losing in the Finals was Jerry West in 1969. Honestly, I can’t imagine Lebron leaving this season without any hardware. He obviously won’t win MVP or defensive player of the year. This is probably the best chance he will ever get to prove himself better than Jordan. Lebron will average a triple-double. Lebron James will average at least 35 points. I could even imagine Lebron James picking up a 5×5 (over 5 points, rebounds, assists, steals, and blocks) for the first time since Draymond Green in 2015.
My point is the Warriors will most likely dominate the series, but if the Cavs can get lucky, Lebron will prove his spot as the most talented basketball player of all-time while leading his team to a possible NBA championship.