Vegas Over/Under: 31.5
The Record Projection: 30-52 of fromal The Bet: lean although Prevent under
Spoiler alert: Losing Paul George is a major deal.
According to NBA Math’s total points included (TPA) metric, the haul–if you can call it –brought back in return couldn’t quite match his production during the 2016-17 season. Whereas the celebrity small forward finished with 150.42 TPA, Victor Oladipo (minus-58.86 TPA) and Domantas Sabonis (minus-159.61) fell just a little short.
Of course, the Pacers purchased within these youngsters for their long-term potential. They ought to improve during the 2017-18 effort, and the same is true of Myles Turner, who is a solid bet to become a first-time All-Star during the upcoming season. This roster does have some upside, particularly when factoring in Cory Joseph and T.J. Leaf.
But is that sufficient to conquer the departures of both George and C.J. Miles? Probably not, which explains why a steep dropoff should be anticipated after the Pacers somehow exceeded expectations to finish with a 42-40 record .
These players will be learning in featured roles, and losses will occur quite frequently. But that’s not a thing that is terrible. Let the up-and-comers grow, maximize the potential of draft picks during the 2018 prospect pageant and reap the rewards in the future.
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