#ESPNForecast thinks highly of LeBron James, Cavs

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This may come as a shock, but the folks at ESPN.com continue to think highly of Cleveland Cavaliers small forward LeBron James. Garnering 230 votes, James tops Kevin Durant and (a bit of a surprise) Derrick Rose in ESPN’s poll to predict the 2014-15 MVP.

The “yawn” bit, while harmless at this stage, can be a bit worrisome for those who care about the MVP award and it’s potential to reward storylines over season-long output. This said, is there any bigger storyline than James, Cleveland and the potential swing in win-loss fortune?

Not if you ask ESPNForecast, who gave 215 votes to the Cavs as “Team Turnaround” for the upcoming season. And it wasn’t even close—the New Orleans Pelicans were second with just 47 votes. The Wine and Gold are currently expected to win the East with a record of 56-26 (Note: This is pre-Kevin Love).

And if this wasn’t enough, James and Love are ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, when it comes to the league’s “Best Newcomers.”

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    ESPN will be slobbering all over both James and the Cavaliers now nothing surprising at all. I will be interested, as a fantasy fiend, how LBJ’s #s go with the supporting cast on hand. I’ll also be interested to see how many minutes he logs game in and game out. With the depth the Cavaliers will soon have I wouldn’t mind seeing LBJ’s minutes drop. In a perfect world we will see more blowout victories which would help lessen his minutes too of course.

  • saggy

    29! i am teetering on the brink of purchasing the NBA package, but i figure i already get 29 free games, plus the games when he plays the Knicks or Nets (another 3-4?). I would probably miss 10-15 games anyways, so i may just go with the TNT/ESPN broadcasts this season.

  • RGB

    I said, “Hey, ESPN, get off of my cloud
    Hey, you, get off of my cloud
    Hey, you, get off of my cloud
    Don’t hang around ’cause two’s a crowd
    On my cloud baby”