For the last seven years, LeBron James has dominated the Eastern Conference . Since the 2010-11 season, a LeBron James led team has represented the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. Whether he is with the Heat or Cavaliers, James has found a way to get to the NBA Finals.
Now, with the emergence of the 76ers and Celtics, LeBron’s reign over the Eastern Conference could be coming to an end, according to former NBA player Jonathan Bender.
LeBron has had a cakewalk over the years through the East,” Bender told the Go4it podcast. “Within the next couple years, it’s going to be shut down because of the teams that’s coming up. Like Philadelphia coming on board. Obviously, what Boston has in the arsenal right now.”
LeBron’s run through the Eastern Conference has been impressive, but the past few seasons have been relatively easy. In the last three seasons, Cleveland is 12-3 in the Eastern Conference Finals. None of the teams they beat(Hawks, Raptors, and Celtics) had a realistic chance to beat the Cavaliers.
Regarding the end of LeBron’s dominance over the Eastern Conference, that could end this year now that Cleveland is down 2-0 to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Moving forward, the Celtics have Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward coming back. Plus, they have the Sacramento Kings 2019 first-round pick. Philly has Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Markelle Fultz. Also, they have a ton of cap space, and they have the 10th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.
Actually, LeBron might still be able to run the East if he decides to sign with Philly, which could happen, but we’ll have to wait until the summer to figure that all out.
In the end, if LeBron decides to stay in Cleveland, his dominance of the Eastern Conference is probably over.