LeBron James has once again stolen most of the media’s attention throughout the season but not all for good reasons, as it seems like the King may be planning yet another outing away from the kingdom when this season comes to an end.
James’ relationship with the team’s front office seems to be broken to say the least and after already living up to his word and giving the fanbase an NBA title, it seems like LeBron’s time as a Cav is coming to an end once again.
The King has carried the load for the Cavs all season but his future is still up in the air, and there’s a lot of speculation regarding where he may end up playing the final stages of his great career. Today, we’re going to let rank the top 5 strongest teams for the next season if LeBron decides to join them.
5. Cleveland Cavaliers: George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, LeBron James, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson
Well, there’s still the possibility that all this so-called LeBron’s departure is a decoy trying to focus attention somewhere else rather than in the team’s season-long struggles, and another Championship run may actually convince the King to stay put at the Land.
So, this starting lineup would see Clarkson shifting to the starting 5, and with George Hill working as a defensive minded specialist in the backcourt and Love finally able to be back on the hardwood, the Cavs could be once again become a very dominant team in the East. Nonetheless, even if James stays put at the Q, they would still have 4 better teams in the league over them.
4. Philadelphia 76ers: Ben Simmons, JJ Redick, LeBron James, Dario Saric, Joel Embiid
Well, the LeBron-To-Philly narrative has been around for a couple of weeks now, with several reports stating that James was looking for schools in Philadelphia during the All-Star Break and both Joel Embiid and a Philly based company actively trying to recruit the King to join the process.
The Sixers are going through a major upgrade this year amid Simmons’ arrival but have lacked the veteran leadership and mental strength to close out some games during key stretches, something that has always been one of James’ fortes. Also, this team would instantly become the best squad in the East should James join their standout young core, but they would still have some Western Conference teams ahead of them.
3. San Antonio Spurs: Dejounte Murray, Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, LaMarcus Aldridge
LeBron James has never hesitated to let everybody know how much he respects coach Popovich and vice versa, and his arrival to the Spurs would definitely be more than enough to convince Kawhi Leonard to stay at San Antonio, assuming he’s truly trying to get out of the team.
LeBron would shift to the power forward spot and this defensive-minded squad would be deadly under Pop’s system, with James handling most playmaking duties and providing the extra offensive punch they’ve craved so much this year with Leonard sidelined. Sadly for them, Bron’s arrival wouldn’t immediately make them the best team in the world.
2. Houston Rockets: Chris Paul, James Harden, LeBron James, Ryan Anderson, Clint Capela
LeBron James has always embraced the possibility of playing beside his longtime friend Chris Paul, and the Houston Rockets are already looking like the team to beat this year in the playoffs even without the superstar small forward.
Houston is one of the most stacked teams in the world right now and their defense has taken a major upgrade over the prior campaign, and with James on board, the team would have three top-tier ball handlers and playmakers and could push up-tempo with their standout 3 and D offensive system, but we believe they still wouldn’t be the best team in the world.
1. Golden State Warriors: Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, LeBron James, Draymond Green, Kevin Durant
Earlier in the season, there was a great rumor that pointed that James was willing to join the Golden State Warriors the next season if they were able to open up max cap space to offer him a great deal, and that would be reason enough to just shut down the league and hand them the trophy without playing a single game.
Obviously, with Durant’s newly acquired rim protection skills, this squad would be a major upgrade for a team that already has everything they need to succeed.