Vegas Over/Under: 39.5
The Record Projection: 37-45 of fromal The Bet: Beneath with marginal confidence
Rarely does the stars-and-scrubs plan 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 players from top-loading a roster. Spend a great deal on a few guys, then expect for mere competence around them.
The New Orleans Pelicans are presently among the greatest examples of this plan taking root in reality, since they’re enclosing Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Jrue Holiday with practically nothing. Rajon Rondo stays a shell of his old self–a helpful shell, but a casing nonetheless–and Solomon Hill’s torn hamstring can keep him out for up to eight weeks.
Who is notable? Have a look at every other person under contract and see whether you can determine the fifth-best healthy player, assuming the aforementioned four would be the top 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 even Moore. And that is a problem, particularly when the two bigs are still trying to suss out chemistry.