New Orleans Pelicans

Vegas Over/Under: 39.5

Fromal’s Record Projection: 37-45 The Bet: Beneath with marginal confidence
Rarely does the stars-and-scrubs strategy get deployed quite similar to this in professional leagues.
Most commonly used in fantasy sports, the thinking goes that you can conquer a distinct lack of quality and depth secondary players from top-loading a roster. Spend a lot on a few guys, then expect for mere competence around them.
The New Orleans Pelicans are presently one of the most significant examples of the plan taking root in fact, since they’re enclosing Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Jrue Holiday with practically nothing. Rajon Rondo remains a shell of his old self–a useful shell, but a shell nonetheless–and Solomon Hill’s torn hamstring can keep him out for up to eight months.
Who else is notable? Take a peek at every other man under contract and see whether it’s possible to identify the fifth-best healthful player, assuming the above four would be the top quartet: Alexis Ajinca, Omer Asik, Ian Clark, Jordan Crawford, Cheick Diallo, Frank Jackson, E’Twaun Moore and Quincy Pondexter.
It is probably either Clark or Moore. And that’s a problem, especially when both bigs are still trying to suss out chemistry.

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