The Eastern Conference has Lebron on cruise control

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Lebron James will yet again coast through the Eastern Conference to his 8th straight finals appearance.

The Eastern Conference has become weaker after this off season. With big names leaving like Carmelo Anthony, Paul Millsap and Paul George, the East is anemic. As the competition for the Golden State Warriors has increased, the competition for Lebron and the Cleveland Cavaliers has decreased.

Heading into his 15th season, Lebron is still the greatest player in the world. Coming off his 7th straight final appearance, and at the age of 32, Lebron and the Cavaliers are the favorites to win the Eastern Conference and the new acquisitions this off season will save Lebron’s body for the playoff. Yet again, Lebron will put himself in cruise control throughout the regular season.

With Kyrie Irving requesting a trade and heading to the Boston Celtics, Lebron’s team has surprisingly become better and deeper. You’d think that a player like Kyrie leaving would leave the Cavaliers with a big hole to fill. However, this is not the case with the deal Koby Altman, the General Manger for the Cavaliers, was able to make for Kyrie Irving. The Cavaliers trade Kyrie Irving for Isiah Thomas, in addition to Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and Boston’s 2018 first-round pick.

Something that Lebron has never had in his career is depth. His new roster has an enormous amount of it. Not only does he have depth, but he adds to his roster Isiah Thomas who was talked about for Most Valuable Player and who has shown individual success in the 2017 playoffs. They also add Jae Crowder, one of the NBA’s best wing defenders. Crowder will take a tremendous amount of weight off Lebron’s defensive duties.

People overlook Isiah Thomas. The Cavaliers replaced Kyrie Irving, who is a scoring first point guard, with another scoring first point guard in Isiah Thomas. And there is no argument to be made that Kyrie is a better defender than Isiah Thomas. They are both handicapped on the defensive end due to their height.

The Cavaliers have also picked up Dwyane Wade this offseason. Wade was a key factor in Lebron winning his first two titles in Miami. Not only did they do a fair amount of winning together, but they are great friends off the court. Wade, at the age of 35, will not only add fire to the court but will bring a winning mentality and veteran leadership.

Lebron’s Cavaliers are not only built for a championship, but they are built to cruise through the weak Eastern Conference. None of the teams from the East has anyone that can match up with Lebron James.

The Toronto Raptors will possibly take a game if they meet in the playoffs. Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan have yet to prove themselves as contenders due to their lack of success in the playoffs.

Boston has a solid roster with Kyrie Irving, Al Horford and Gordon Hayward. However, none of these players are in Lebron James’ category. Lebron is on another level and will pick apart the Boston’s defense with his dominant presence.

The matchup between Kyrie and Lebron will be worth watching, but at the end of the day, Lebron James’ standing at 6’8″ and 250 lbs., will dominate like he has for the past decade.

The Cavaliers yet again are on pace for their 4th straight final appearance and the season hasn’t even started.