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 like this in professional leagues.
Most commonly used in fantasy sports, the thinking goes that you can overcome a distinct lack of depth and quality secondary players by top-loading a roster. Spend a lot on a few men, then hope for mere competence around them.
The New Orleans Pelicans are presently among the greatest examples of this plan taking root in reality, because they’re surrounding 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 also Solomon Hill’s torn hamstring could keep him out for up to eight months.
Who is notable? Have a peek at every other person under contract and see whether you can determine the fifth-best healthy participant, assuming the above four are the best quartet: Alexis Ajinca, Omer Asik, Ian Clark, Jordan Crawford, Cheick Diallo, Frank Jackson, E’Twaun Moore and Quincy Pondexter.
It’s probably either Clark or even Moore. And that’s a problem, particularly when the two bigs are still trying to suss out chemistry.
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