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.
Another season, another MVP for LeBron. Yawn. #ESPNForecast
— K D (@Got2b_KD) August 15, 2014
— Jordan Loesl (@SleepyJordan) August 15, 2014
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.”
— Chicken & Beard (@msiraji29) August 14, 2014
— Justin (@JuMuJazz) August 14, 2014
Reason why KLove isn't the best newcomer in the East is because the guy he's pairing up with goes by the name of LeBron James. #ESPNForecast
— Trill Kessel (@CDNBallJunkie) August 14, 2014