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 big thing.
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 creation 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.
Of course, the Pacers purchased within these kids for their long-term potential. They should improve throughout the 2017-18 effort, and the exact same is the case of Myles Turner, who is a good bet to turn into 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 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 .
These players will be learning in featured characters, and losses will happen quite often. But that’s not a thing that is terrible. Let 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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