Vegas Over/Under: 31.5
The Record Projection: 30-52 of fromal The Bet: Prevent but lean under
Spoiler alert: Losing Paul George is a major thing.
Based on NBA Math’s total points included (TPA) metric, the haul–if you can call it –brought back couldn’t quite match his production throughout the 2016-17 season. Whereas the superstar small forward finished with 150.42 TPA, Victor Oladipo (minus-58.86 TPA) and also Domantas Sabonis (minus-159.61) fell just a little short.
Obviously, the Pacers purchased into these kids for their long-term potential. They should improve during the 2017-18 effort, and the same is the case 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 down, particularly when factoring in Cory Joseph and T.J. Leaf.
But is that enough to conquer the departures of both George and C.J. Miles? Probably not, which is exactly why a steep dropoff ought to be anticipated after the Pacers somehow exceeded expectations to complete with a 42-40 record lest year.
These players will be studying in featured characters, and losses will occur quite frequently. But that is not a terrible thing. Allow the up-and-comers grow, maximize the capacity of draft picks during the 2018 prospect pageant and reap the benefits in the future.
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