28 Ago Los Angeles Clippers
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 likely depends on one crucial question: How easy is replacement Chris Paul?
The Los Angeles Clippers did a fantastic job reloading after learning that Paul wanted a departure to the Houston Rockets. Not only did they figure out how to pry some funds away from his new home in a trade after he chosen in, but they also convinced Blake Griffin to re-sign before adding Danilo Gallinari and Milos Teodosic to 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 past decades, though head coach Doc Rivers certainly didn’t want to obtain depth at the cost of his team’s best player.
And that is the issue.
Paul wasn’t just the engine that made the Clippers run; he essentially was that the Clippers.
Patrick Beverley and Teodosic should be solid replacements in the 1, but they can’t replicate his ability to run the offense perfectly.
Whether Paul was calling his own number or setting up teammates, he commanded the flow of the game in addition to anyone. It is the reason LAC was a shocking 19.6 points per 100 possessions better with him on the ground in 2016-17, in addition to why he finished No. 2 overall in ESPN.com’s actual plus/minus, behind just LeBron James.
His work can’t be replicated.
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