Predicting Cleveland Cavaliers' 2014-15 Opening-Night Starting Lineup

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Predicting Cleveland Cavaliers' 2014-15 Opening-Night Starting Lineup
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Now that LeBron James has officially made his prodigal return, fans and pundits are bound to trip over themselves in declaring the Cleveland Cavaliers a 2015 title contender.

And they might well be that—having the best player in the galaxy guarantees your at least being in the conversation, no matter how disappointing your performance last year.

Before we get any further ahead of ourselves, perhaps it’s time to figure out...I don’t know...what Cleveland’s opening-night starting lineup will be? Can we just start there?

After signing Mike Miller and James Jones, per ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, both of whom were teammates of James’ with the Miami Heat, the Cavs’ roster is beginning to take final shape.

While the team still has a few moves left—including possibly signing another LeBron favorite in shooting guard Ray Allen, according to Windhorst—it’s safe to say the Cavs’ only concern at this point lies in reinforcing at the fringes.

That is, unless they go after Kevin Love. After what’s gone down so far this summer, would you really be surprised?

What follows, then, is our prediction for Cleveland’s opening-night starting unit.

Will head coach David Blatt go with a traditional lineup featuring James at the 3, or will he put the King at power forward? Will rookie Andrew Wiggins continue his impressive ascent and land alongside LeBron in the first five?

Let’s see what our crystal ball* has to say.


*An empty can of seltzer water that’s sitting in front of me at this particular moment.

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