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Lebron James Was Rated Higher Than Cover Athlete Kevin Durant in NBA 2k15 Video Game

10639516_10154585425405305_1378786861694310136_n2K Sports revealed its player rating in the upcoming video game NBA 2K15 with Lebron rated higher than cover athlete Kevin Durant.  Also,  2K Sports has chosen to completely switch up the way they rate players in the upcoming game, with only four players rated higher than 90.

Lebron James tops all current rating at 98, which is down from 100 last year. Kevin Durant follows at 95, and Tim Duncan at 90. The newest Cavaliers member, Kevin Love came in at 89.

Players with more well-rounded skill sets seem to be getting greater credit in the overall ratings this year than in the past as opposed to those that excel in some areas but are weaker in others

98- LeBron James
95- Kevin Durant
90- Tim Duncan
89- Kevin Love
88- Tony Parker, Dirk Nowitzki, Russell Westbrook
85- Kawhi Leonard
84- Serge Ibaka
83- Andre Drummond, Manu Ginobli
82- Monta Ellis

 

Cavaliers Win NBA Lottery

The Cleveland Cavaliers owner’s son, who has a nerve disorder, has struck the lottery again. And the Cavaliers will pick first overall in the 2013 NBA draft on June 27 after winning the NBA draft lottery Tuesday in New York. This will be the third time in 11 years the Cavaliers pick first.

“It’s huge for us,” Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said immediately after the pick. “For us, it’s about the city of Cleveland and giving them more hope as we build the franchise to the level we want to go to.”

Had the lottery worked itself out mathematically, the Cleveland Cavaliers would’ve had the third pick in the draft. But this time the Cavaliers have hit it lucky again, the kind of luck you would expect to see at an online casino like Gaming Club.

As the Cavs were revealed as the winner, Gilbert, in his traditional bow tie, pumped his fist and grinned at his father sitting in the studio audience with the Cavs contingent that included hip hop artist Machine Gun Kelly, Iron Chef Michael Symon, Cleveland broadcasters and two fans who won contests to accompany the group.

“It’s what’s not to like 2.0,” Nick Gilbert said, updating the memorable phrase he uttered when the Cavs won the lottery in 2011.

The Cavs hope this No. 1 pick will put them back in the playoffs again after a three-year absence, even if there is no obvious top choice.

“There’s a lot of great players up top, but there’s no clear No. 1,” Gilbert said. “For us to have the choice I think is tremendous. It will give us not only a boost this year, but we’re going to put together a young core of guys that are all under 22 years old.

Aside from the Cavs, the big winners on Tuesday were the Washington Wizards, who bumped up four spots and will have the enviable decision of choosing among a group of players that could include Porter, athletic four Anthony Bennett and defensive dynamo Victor Oladipo. For a team that played .500 ball over the last 50 games and already features John Wall and Bradley Beal, those four spots may be the difference between another losing season and a playoff run.

Fresh Start for Cavs Brings Hope for a New Future

The Cleveland Cavaliers are coming off a 19-63 season which was no surprise as they were picked to be among the worst teams by those who know that NBA betting is the place to look for lines after the loss of LeBron James to the Miami Heat.

The process of rebuilding the franchise may be shorter than originally expected however as the Cavaliers will have a shot to compete in the newly formed NBA that has just completed a labor deal that is hoped to give franchises such as Cleveland the ability to compete with teams like the Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers.

The face of the franchise for the immediate appears to be point guard Baron Davis, who was rumored for “amnesty” status but appears to be set to stay with the Cavaliers.  Davis adds a much needed “big name” presence as well as the ability to dish the ball around.  Last year Davis split time between the LA Clippers and Cavaliers.  He averaged 14 points per game for the Cavaliers along with 6.1 assists per outing.

Head coach Byron Scott will have plenty of work ahead of him as he begins to assess one of the youngest rosters in pro basketball as the Cavaliers have done a complete makeover of their roster since the departure of King James.  Cleveland does not appear to be a team interested in quick fixes through free agency and instead will look to build a new foundation through the draft in the years ahead.

Cleveland General Manager Chris Grant acknowledges that there are more questions than answers as training camps in the NBA open.  The Cavaliers drafted Duke point guard Kyrie Irving and Texas power forward Tristan Thompson last summer and both are expected to get extended looks and opportunities for playing time.  Omri Casspi was acquired from Sacramento to add strength to the front court.

It took the Cavs most of last season to catch on to Scott’s offense as they ranked 29th in the NBA, which is not encouraging but with the new blood on the roster and being a year removed from “The Decision,” Cleveland has a new chance to remake itself and rebuild credibility with their fans and the league.  While there are plenty of questions and much to learn about the Cavs, most people who know that NBA betting is the place to look for lines do agree the worst is behind this franchise.