Talk About UNDERRATED


The NBA free agency frenzy has come and gone. Besides some minor tweaks and trades, rosters are essentially solidified heading into the 2018-2019 season. With that being said, there are various teams flying under the radar, and when I say under the radar, I mean these teams are really underrated heading into the next season.

Based on ESPN’s “Summer Forecast: East standings, West standings for 2018-19”, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the San Antonio Spurs are out of the playoff picture in each of their respective conferences, showing how underrated they truly are.

I’m here to break it down for you as to why the Cavs and Spurs are the most underrated teams in their respective conferences.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Projected seed as per ESPN: 11 Projected record as per ESPN: 31-51 Last season: 50-32

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My projected seed: 8 (Making the playoffs)

Yup, believe it or not, I actually do have faith in the Cleveland Cavaliers. Although LeBron has left for the second time, I can confidently say that the Cavs are left in better shape than last time.

This offseason, the Cavs re-signed all star power forward Kevin Love. Even though Love has lost a lot of his reputation (being the third string to LeBron James and Kyrie Irving for the past couple of seasons), he’s still an all star. I would like to present Kevin Love’s stats in Minnesota back when he was the sole star of the T-Wolves at the time for all of you that don’t already know.

Here’s what the breakdown looks like: 26.1 PPG, 45.7 FG %, 12.5 REB, 4.4 Ast. If those stats don’t scream all star, I don’t know what else does!

I get it though, Kevin has a lot to prove this season as he hasn’t produced similar statistics since 2013. He’s suffered various injuries since then and probably will not have these kinds of stats next season. He’s looking more like a nightly 20 point and 10 rebound player which - in my opinion - will still qualify him as an all star in the East.

Another reason why I think the Cavs will beat the odds and defy their ESPN ranking is that they still have winners and champions on their team. Tristan Thompson, Kyle Korver, and George Hill are all savvy NBA veterans who are not looking to lose next season. Couple this with an exciting rookie like Collin Sexton, and this Cavs team has a chance to prove the haters wrong.

Collin Sexton is actually a huge reason why I think this rating suits the Cavs current team. If anybody watched the NBA summer league this year, you’d know this kid is no joke. He averaged 19.6 points, 3.4 assists, and 3.6 rebounds per game.

My last point as to why the Cavs are making the playoffs is that they got….. CEDI OSMAN! In all honesty, don’t sleep on him. He actually has a chance to really do well this season considering he averaged 20 points and 8 rebounds in the NBA summer league. Plus, look who he’s working out with. The kid is destined to be GREAT!

(Photo courtesy of Cedi Osman's Instagram account)

San Antonio Spurs

Projected seed as per ESPN: 9 Projected record: 44-38 Last season: 47-35

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My projected seed: 7 (Making the playoffs)

I got one question for the ESPN staff: Why do you project the Spurs to be outside of the playoff picture?

The Spurs have made the playoffs for the past 21 seasons straight to this date. The most in NBA history, FYI. To leave this franchise outside of the playoffs is blatantly disrespectful.

Although we are upon the end of an era (Tim, Manu, and Tony all gone), the Spurs have a well-established team that is relatively unaltered from last season, considering that Kawhi Leonard only suited up for 9 games last season.

The Spurs finished 47-35 last season in a crowded western conference (even more crowded now) with no Kawhi Leonard. They just added DeMar DeRozen, an all-star SG who started on last year's all-star team for the Eastern Conference, and yet their wins will decrease according to ESPN?

I get that LeBron showed up, but still. This team just got much stronger by adding DeMar (& Jakob Poetl). Not to mention they got another all star in LaMarcus Aldridge, an up and coming point guard in Dejounte Murray, and arguably the best coach in the league. Due to these factors, I think the Spurs are being slept on hard and I think they will pick up 50 wins next season (Only 3 more than last year).

Although the big three has left, Gregg Popovich is still a wizard and his coaching will continue to be the difference maker for the Spurs. I wouldn’t count the Spurs out just yet especially with DeMar, Aldridge, & Popovich running the show.

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