10 Most Surprising Players in the Early Portion of the 2016-17 NBA Season

December 12th, 2016 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »
The 2016-17 NBA season is littered with unexpected performances, both good and bad—all of which are worth ample discussion.

But 'tis the season for drinking out of half-full glasses, so let's ignore the bad-news bombshells and relish in some feel-goodz.

Surprise performances come in all forms. There are superstar eruptions, which see up-and-comers and fringe stars making large-scale leaps. There are role-player risings that feature supporting reserves playing like borderline cornerstones. And then there are unrenowned climbers—swelling in status from perceived nobodies and youngsters who seldom registered on anyone's radar.

All of these minor miracles should be absorbed with a shred of skepticism. After all, it's still kind of early.

At the same time, it's not that early. The 2016-17 campaign is no longer in its infancy, and the chance that these unanticipated ascents become the new normal grows with each passing game.

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