Vegas Over/Under: 43.5
Fromal’s Record Projection: 42-40 The Bet: lean although Avoid under
The way you feel about this over/under probably depends on one crucial question: Just how simple is replacing Chris Paul?
The Los Angeles Clippers did a fantastic job reloading after studying that Paul desired a death to the Houston Rockets. Not only did they figure out how to pry some assets away from his new home in a transaction after he opted in, but they also convinced Blake Griffin into re-sign before incorporating Danilo Gallinari and Milos Teodosic into the fold.
This is a gifted roster with upside and ability at pretty much every position. It’s far deeper than it has been in previous decades, though head coach Doc Rivers surely didn’t want to obtain depth at the expense of his team’s best player.
And that’s the issue.
Paul wasn’t only the engine which made the Clippers operate; he basically was that the Clippers.
Patrick Beverley and Teodosic should be strong replacements at the 1, but they can’t replicate his ability to run the offense perfectly.
Whether Paul was calling his own band or setting up teammates, he controlled the flow of the game as well as anyone. It’s why LAC was a staggering 19.6 points per 100 possessions better with him on the floor in 2016-17, in addition to why he finished No. 2 overall in ESPN.com’s real plus/minus, behind just LeBron James.
His work simply can not be replicated.
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