When you’re one of the worst teams in the NBA and you nab yourself LeBron James in free agency, it’s expected that you’ll have a massive a turnaround the following season. Such is expected to be the case with the Cleveland Cavaliers. But they aren’t the only team looking to better their 2014-15 season.
Over the past few days, ‘experts’ at ESPN have been unveiling their predictions for the 2014-15 season and today they unveiled who they believe will improve the greatest from the previous season. Among those on the list are the New York Knicks, Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers.
In addition, the New Orleans Pelicans and Charlotte Hornets are also named in the list which was finalized as follows.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers
2. New Orleans Pelicans
3. Charlotte Hornets
4. Chicago Bulls
5. New York Knicks
In terms of the Chicago Bulls, they’ll experience the return of Derrick Rose and while it’s hard to improve off a playoff campaign, it seems likely they’ll do so. The New Orleans Pelicans will have a more mature Anthony Davis returning to their lineup while the Charlotte Hornets added some solid, though unspectacular talent via free agency.
Lastly, the New York Knicks did make some minor roster changes along with a coaching change so they’ll certainly have a new look and style of play. Will that translate into more wins? That’s a difficult question to answer though given their hefty expiring contracts, they’re certain to make some franchise altering moves in the next few months which is why they’re likely listed in the top five.