10 biggest surprises of the early 2016-17 NBA season
November 21, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) moves the ball against Los Angeles Clippers forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA season just got started, but we’ve already experienced plenty of surprises. We take a look at the good and the bad.

The NBA Finals matchup is all but set in stone. A rematch of last year’s epic seven-game series. LeBron James will continue to rule over the Eastern Conference with an iron fist. The Warriors will experience more growing pains than expected but they’ll win the West.

With the postseason being so predictable in the NBA, fans need to embrace every bit of spontaneity — no matter how small — and enjoy it. Now is a great time to get some.

Offseason improvements made by teams are on full display. Some of the ones bound for the playoffs are starting off poorly, and some others are already exceeding expectations. Veterans are showing off new facets to their games, while youngsters are separating themselves from the rest of the pack.

Most teams have played between 13 and 15 games, so there aren’t any particularly large sample sizes, but that’s not what this is. This is about what’s shocked you. There’s been plenty of that.


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Chip Murphy

I’m ESNY’s Executive Editor for EliteSportsNY.com.
I cover the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets.
Email: chip.murphy@elitesportsny.com

Chip Murphy covers the NBA for Elite Sports NY. You can find him on Twitter @ChipperMurphy.