NBA’s 10 biggest surprises so far this season
NBA: This season's 10 biggest surprises
The NBA season is in full swing and the league as usual has been full of let downs, upsets and surprises of both the happy and sad sort. No one’s team has been safe from some degree of drama.
Whether or not you’re a Detroit Piston’s fan and you’ve been surprised by how exceptionally bad your team has played so far or a New York Knicks fan, and you’ve been surprised by how good the team looks, you’ve no doubt been shocked by some of the beginning of the season’s prevailing story lines.
Granted, the season has only been going for a week and a half, so this list will no doubt look very different at the end of the year. Honestly, the way this season has been, this list could look very different next week. Regardless, here’s a list of the 10 biggest surprises of this season and you’ll no doubt agree with some and disagree with others.
That’s the nature of a surprise. Depending on whether or not it happened to your team, or affected your team, you might think it was a huge surprise. Maybe you saw some of this coming and will think anyone who didn’t is an idiot.
I will say in this brief preview that there were several things that just missed the cut. Included in that list is LeBron James' hair plugs, Omer Asik’s incredible rebounding, Kyrie Irving's and Brandon Jennings' leaps to true star-caliber players and Anthony Davis looking completely NBA ready. Everything else was fair game, enjoy!
10. Kevin Love's injury
The Minnesota Timberwolves star player went down right before the season with an injury that will sideline him for around 6 weeks. That injury surely hurts the upstart's chances of making the playoffs in the deep Western Conference.
9. David Stern's retirement
The King is dead. Long live the king. The commissioner announced that he will retire in 2014, 30 years to the day after he began.
8. Anderson Varejao's 23 rebounds
Anderson Varejao pulled down 23 rebounds in the first game of the season. It's interesting that the league removed the center position from the all-star ballot, it seems to be alive and well.
7. Granger goes down
Injuries everywhere. Danny Granger can hang out with Kevin Love while they recover from their 6 week injuries. Meanwhile they're teams can mourn their absence.
6. Jamal Crawford: Offensive wizard
Having the 7th best scoring average in the league makes one a pretty strong case for 6th man of the year. Wait? He's on the bench? Yeah. He's on the bench.
5. Knicks keep winning while Stoudemire-less
Despite losing Stat before the season, the Knicks have been on an absolute tear and still don't have a loss. That includes one very quality win over LeBron's Miami Heat.
4. Damian Lillard is the real deal
The Portland Trail Blazers' rookie has looked impressive in his first several games. We knew he'd be good, we didn't know he would give Anthony Davis a run for ROTY.
3. They traded Harden?
The world was shocked by the Oklahoma City Thunder deciding to trade James Harden rather than sign him to a fat new contract. Thunder fans were no doubt left depressed by the breaking up of their core group of players.
2. They traded Harden!
The Houston Rockets' fans have been delightfully surprised by Hardens incredible production. Over the first 2 games he averaged 40 points and 7 rebounds.
1. Happy trails Mike Brown
The Los Angeles Lakers fired Mike Brown after 5 games. Easily the most shocking event so far this season. Guess when you have a star-studded roster, starting the season 1-4 isn't okay.