Los Angeles Clippers

Vegas Over/Under: 43.5

Fromal’s Record Projection: 42-40 The Bet: Avoid but lean under
The way you feel about this over/under likely depends on one key question: How simple is replacement Chris Paul?
The Los Angeles Clippers did a great job reloading after learning that Paul wanted a death to the Houston Rockets. Not only did they manage to pry some assets away from his new home in a transaction after he opted in, however they also convinced Blake Griffin into re-sign before incorporating Danilo Gallinari and Milos Teodosic into the fold.
This is a talented roster with ability and upside at just about every position. It is far deeper than it’s been in past decades, though head coach Doc Rivers certainly didn’t wish to acquire depth at the cost of his team’s best player.
And that’s the problem that is enduring.
Paul was not just the engine which made the Clippers operate; he essentially was that the Clippers.
Patrick Beverley and Teodosic ought to be strong replacements in 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 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 only LeBron James.
His work can not be replicated.

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