Julius “Dr. J.” Erving is a bona fide legend in the basketball world. However, he is not exactly known for being the most vocal voice in the media. Recently though, the former great talked about the current state of the NBA playoffs and who he thinks has the best chance of winning it all. Here’s what he had to say:
“There’s always this consensus that the better teams are in the West, but Cleveland will be a tough matchup, offensively and defensively, for whoever comes out of the West. Because that’s not the team that played in the regular season. This team right now, they’re on to something that just kind of makes them a force to be reckoned with, and they’d have to be the favorites right now, in my book. Currently, how they’re playing, they’re playing better than the Warriors, better than the Spurs, better than Portland and better than Oklahoma City, and better than Miami and better than Toronto. They are playing the best basketball right now.”
That’s a bold statement from Dr. J. Most people believe the Golden State Warriors will make the NBA Finals and go on to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the title. It certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibility that the Cavs could take it all, though. Like the man said, they are a force to be reckoned with.
Cleveland will first have to get through the winner of the Miami-Toronto series and the Warriors will have to take out the OKC Thunder before we can really get a grasp on who the favorite is. As for now, we can all just sit back and enjoy the show that is the NBA Playoffs.