The 10 Biggest Surprises We’ve Seen in the NBA so Far This Season

December 6th, 2014 by Bryan Toporek Leave a reply »
Three things are certainties in life: death, taxes and major NBA surprises.

Last year, a Phoenix Suns team widely projected for a sub-20-win season stunned the league by ripping off 48 victories and missing the playoffs by just a hair. The Indiana Pacers looked like the Eastern Conference's best team for much of the season, while the Los Angeles Clippers erupted for a franchise-best 57 wins under new head coach Doc Rivers.

In the first month of the 2014-15 season, we've already seen similarly unexpected storylines unfolding. The Sacramento Kings and Milwaukee Bucks appear to be legitimate playoff contenders after winning 43 games combined last season, while the Western Conference seemingly touts seven or eight true championship threats.

Which teams and players have most exceeded (or fallen short) of reasonable preseason expectations? Let's take a quick stroll through the league.

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