Vegas Over/Under: 31.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 30-52 The Bet: lean although Prevent under
Spoiler alert: Losing Paul George is a big thing.
Based on NBA Math’s total points added (TPA) metric, the haul–if you can call it –brought back couldn’t quite match his production during the 2016-17 season. Whereas the superstar small forward ended with 150.42 TPA, Victor Oladipo (minus-58.86 TPA) and Domantas Sabonis (minus-159.61) fell a little short.
Obviously, the Pacers purchased within these kids for their long-term potential. They ought to improve throughout the 2017-18 effort, and the same is true of Myles Turner, who’s a solid bet to turn into a first-time All-Star during the upcoming season. This roster does have some upside, especially when factoring in Cory Joseph and T.J. Leaf.
But is that sufficient to overcome the departures of George and C.J. Miles? Not, which is exactly why a steep dropoff ought to be expected after the Pacers somehow exceeded expectations to finish with a 42-40 record lest year.
These players will all be studying in featured characters, and losses will occur quite often. But that’s not a thing that is bad. Allow the up-and-comers develop, maximize the capacity of draft picks during the 2018 potential pageant and reap the benefits down the road.
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