Two years ago, LeBron James took his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers. That left a glaring hole in the Eastern Conference for another team to step up.
After LeBron led the Cleveland Cavaliers to four-straight NBA Finals, Kawhi Leonard landed in Toronto and took the Raptors on a similar – albeit abbreviated – trip.
Leonard led the Raptors to an NBA title, and left in free agency for the Los Angeles Clippers.
Now, the Eastern Conference is wide open once again.
One Philadelphia 76ers player, however, thinks there is a heavy favorite to come out of the East this season. James Ennis told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the reason he re-signed with the 76ers is because the team is “going to walk to the Finals in the East.”
“Because it’s a good team, and a good chance of winning. The East is going to wide open. We had a good chance last year. Kawhi is gone. He went to the West. So we are going to walk to the Finals in the East,” Ennis said.
James Ennis III to the @PhillyInquirer on re-signing w/ #Sixers: "Because it's a good team, and a good chance of winning. The East is going to wide open. We had a good chance last year. Kawhi is gone. He went to the West. So we are going to walk to the Finals in the East."
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) July 10, 2019
It’s a bold take from the 76ers role player.
However, Philadelphia took the Raptors to a Game 7 and nearly faced off against the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals.