Vegas Over/Under: 39.5
The Record Projection: 37-45 of fromal The Bet: Beneath with marginal confidence
Rarely does the stars-and-scrubs strategy get deployed quite similar to this in professional leagues.
Most commonly used in fantasy sports, the thinking goes that you can overcome a distinct lack of quality and depth players from top-loading a roster. Spend a lot on a few men, then hope for mere proficiency around them.
Even the New Orleans Pelicans are presently one of the greatest examples of the plan taking root in fact, since they’re enclosing Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Jrue Holiday with almost nothing. Rajon Rondo remains a shell of his old self–a useful shell, but a casing nonetheless–and Solomon Hill’s torn hamstring can keep him out for up to eight weeks.
Who is notable? Take a peek at every other person under contract and see whether it’s possible to identify the fifth-best healthy player, assuming the aforementioned four would be the best quartet: Alexis Ajinca, Omer Asik, Ian Clark, Jordan Crawford, Cheick Diallo, Frank Jackson, E’Twaun Moore and Quincy Pondexter.
It is probably either Clark or Moore. And that is a problem, particularly when the two bigs are still trying to suss out chemistry.
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