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 similar to this in professional leagues.
Most commonly utilized in fantasy sports, the thinking goes you could overcome a distinct lack of quality and depth secondary players from top-loading a roster. Spend a great deal on a few guys, then hope for mere competence around them.
The New Orleans Pelicans are now among the greatest examples of the strategy taking root in reality, because they’re surrounding Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Jrue Holiday with practically nothing. Rajon Rondo stays a shell of his old self–a helpful shell, but a shell 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 if it’s possible to identify the fifth-best healthful participant, assuming the aforementioned 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 likely either Clark or Moore. And that is a problem, especially when the two bigs are still trying to suss out chemistry.