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 deal.
According to NBA Math’s total points added (TPA) metric, the haul–if you can call it that–brought back in return couldn’t quite match his production during the 2016-17 season. Whereas the celebrity small forward ended with 150.42 TPA, Victor Oladipo (minus-58.86 TPA) and also Domantas Sabonis (minus-159.61) dropped a bit short.
Of course, the Pacers purchased within these kids for their long term potential. They should improve during 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 throughout the upcoming season. This roster does have some upside, especially when factoring in Cory Joseph and T.J. Leaf.
However, is that sufficient to conquer the departures of both George and C.J. Miles? Not, which is why a steep dropoff should be expected after the Pacers somehow exceeded expectations to finish with a 42-40 record .
These players will be learning in featured characters, and losses will happen quite often. But that’s not a bad thing. Allow the up-and-comers develop, maximize the potential of draft choices during the 2018 potential pageant and reap the benefits down the road.
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