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 utilized in fantasy sports, the thinking goes that you can overcome a distinct lack of quality and depth secondary players from top-loading a roster. Spend a great deal on a few men, then hope for mere proficiency around them.
Even the New Orleans Pelicans are now one of the most significant examples of this strategy taking root in reality, since they’re enclosing Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Jrue Holiday with practically 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 months.
Who is notable? Take a peek at every other person under contract and see whether you can identify the fifth-best healthy player, assuming the above 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’s likely either Clark or Moore. And that’s a problem, especially when both bigs are still trying to suss out chemistry.
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