Premature, sure. But it is not like LeBron James just started blocking shots and playing the passing lanes like few others before him. Last night’s blocks on Rajon Rondo and Ray Allen are likely just the tip of the iceberg.
James was second in the league in DPoY voting last season, and will likely get a run for his money once again from the likes of Dwight Howard and Dwyane Wade. But as the Cavs will undoubtedly improve on the defensive end (using what we saw last night as a frame of reference), James should only have more help on D, allowing him to gamble even more.
Red’s Army claimed that James may be the best ever at blocking shots in transition. Brandon Hoffman called it “childs play” at this point and recommends that the opposition just slow down and take a three by the bench. Sporting News preseason predictions listed James as the favorite for winning the actual award.
So break out the “Jump to Conclusions” mat, rewind some of the videos from last night’s blockfest and cast your early votes.
Oh, and here’s to a few more of those tonight as the Cavs take on the Raptors – a team that is defintely not the Boston Celtics. Hey, he is on pace for 328 of them…