LeBron James is no longer in the Eastern Conference. With the departure of the King, there’s a void in the East waiting to be filled by someone.
Look no further than the Boston Celtics, according to the experts. Boston is the favorite to come out of the East in large part due to the success of the team’s young players.
However, it will be two veterans that lead the team in 2018-19. Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward both return from injury for the upcoming season.
The former might not be a Celtic for much longer, though, so the team will need to take advantage of the time he has left in a Celtics uniform. According to a recent ESPN article, Kyrie will leave Boston for another team next season.
Irving will take his talents to New York, per ESPN’s panel of experts.
|TEAM||% OF VOTES|
|New York Knicks||46.9|
|Los Angeles Lakers||3.1|
The Knicks are the favorites, but Boston isn’t far behind. ESPN also broke down how Boston can keep Kyrie moving forward.
However, our panel also gave the Celtics a very good chance of retaining Irving — a chance that could improve if Irving and the Celtics take advantage of the LeBron-less East and reach the NBA Finals for the first time since 2010.
Boston’s success during the 2018 season will go a long way to determining whether or not Kyrie chooses to stay in town. If the Celtics find success and make it to the NBA Finals, that could convince Irving to stay.