The road less traveled: For Cavaliers, it will be

Tyronn Lue and the Cavs will be No. 1 in at least one stat category this season -- fewest miles traveled.

Unlike the previous four seasons, the Cleveland Cavaliers are not favorites, let alone likely, to reach the NBA Finals in the 2018-19 season.

However, the again-LeBron James-less Cavaliers will indeed lead the league in one category, so they’ve got that going for them… which is nice.

According to NBA statistics savant Ed Küpfer, Cleveland, which has won the last four Eastern Conference championships and captured the NBA title in historic fashion in 2016, will travel the fewest miles of any team in the league this season.

(Insert low-hanging-fruit joke about James’ second defection meaning guys in Cleveland uniforms will obviously travel/walk much less here).

As usual, the Portland Trail Blazers will travel the most miles in the league next season, and the team’s official Twitter account had some fun with the annual event.

It comes as no surprise teams located in the Midwest, especially the Central Division, where Cleveland, Indiana, Milwaukee, Detroit and Chicago hang their hats, will travel much less than their counterparts located elsewhere.

In fact, the Cavaliers, Pacers, Bucks, Pistons and Bulls occupy five of the bottom six spots in terms miles traveled. Only Charlotte, which plays in the Southeast Division, breaks the pattern. The Hornets will actually travel the second-fewest miles in the NBA next season, according to Küpfer.

@EdKupfer, a tremendous follow on Twitter, by the way, also broke down miles traveled by each team, by month.

As for the aforementioned James, he’s in for a bit of an adjustment in terms of time spent on airplanes during an NBA season. Having spent the first 15 years of his career playing on teams in the Eastern Conference (Cleveland and Miami), he’s about to experience one more reason while the Western Conference is that much more difficult in which to play. James & Co. will traverse the third-most miles in the league next season, according to Küpfer.

Küpfer also presented the 2018-19 season in terms of home and road each month for every team.

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