Vegas Over/Under: 39.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 37-45 The Bet: Under 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 conquer a distinct lack of depth and quality players by 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 this plan taking root in reality, since they’re surrounding Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Jrue Holiday with almost nothing. Rajon Rondo stays a shell of his old self–a useful shell, but a shell nonetheless–and Solomon Hill’s torn hamstring could keep him out for up to eight weeks.
Who is notable? Have a look at every other man under contract and see if you can identify the fifth-best healthy participant, assuming the above 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 is probably either Clark or Moore. And that’s a problem, particularly when the two bigs are still trying to suss out chemistry.