24: Cleveland Cavaliers: George Hill / Jordan Clarkson
With their defacto point guard gone to Los Angeles, the Cavaliers will adopt a traditional looking line-up.
Despite a slim 0.2 Value Over Replacement Player score, Hill should have the starting job. His usage percentage was just 15%, which will increase while not playing with James.
Although nobody is calling this a rebuild, there is no reason why JR. Smith or Kyle Korver should play over Jordan Clarkson, who shot 54% on three-point attempts from the corner.
23: Brooklyn Nets: D’Angelo Russell / Allen Crabbe
With 22 games remaining Russell returned from injury and was promptly put into the starting line-up. In his 1,234 minutes, Russell assisted on 36% of made field goals and was willing to drive to the basket as he drew 16 “and 1s”.. Crabbe played 74% of his minutes at shooting guard and made 201 three-pointers, but 64% of his shots were from beyond the arc. His defense is also put into question by the 85 shooting fouls he committed in 2017-2018.
22: Chicago Bulls: Kris Dunn/ Zach LaVine
The Bulls ended up extending Zach LaVine following an offer sheet from the Kings, one year after Bulls acquired him and Dunn for Jimmy Butler. It was something they felt they had to do. LaVine started all 24 games he played and his 16 points per game came on 38% shooting and a team-high 29.5% usage rate. Dunn was impressive by assisting on 33.3% of field goals while on the court in addition to getting 40% of his shot attempts within 10 feet.
21: Denver Nuggets: Jamal Murray / Will Barton
During the 2017-18 season while on the court, Murray had the ball 22% of the time and averaged 2 turnovers per game while taking a 3-pointer 41% of the time, not the desired point guard ratios. With no competition for minutes, Murray will remain in the backcourt with Will Barton for 2018-19. Barton’s 16 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists average contributed to the Nuggets 46-36 season, but will not be enough to keep them from being one of the least effective backcourts.
20: New Orleans Pelicans: Elfrid Payton / Jrue Holiday
The Pelicans decided to replace Rajon Rondo with Elfrid Payton, who has a ratio of 19 turnovers for every 100 possessions and shot just 46% from two-point land. Mainly because he made 61% of shots within 3 feet, he would average 13 points and 6 assists. Holiday averaged 19 points and 6 assists last season while assisting on 25% of the made baskets while on the court. This backcourt can score and will have to with ‘Boogie’ in Golden State.
19: Los Angeles Lakers: Lonzo Ball / Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
A player averaging 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 7 assists in his rookie season would be perceived as having an exciting future, but,‘Magic’ and the Lakers are hyper-focused on the next four years.
The Lakers’ largest problem is Kentavious Caldwell-Pope averaged 13 points on 10 shot attempts and should not start. T
he remedy is for Ball to play more than 19% at shooting guard, Rajon Rondo plays point guard, while Caldwell-Pope challenges for the 6th man awar as LeBron James does everything.