Ranking Biggest Early Surprises of the 2012-13 NBA Season

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Ranking Biggest Early Surprises of the 2012-13 NBA Season
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

A quick jaunt through the first three weeks of the 2012-13 NBA season yields no shortage of signs that business is back to normal.

LeBron James is playing like an MVP, Kobe Bryant is scoring like the second coming of old Michael Jordan, Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are shouldering an inordinately heavy load for the Oklahoma City Thunder and Metta World Peace is flailing at peoples' heads.

But to focus on what is so usual about the league's business thus far is to ignore how topsy-turvy the world of pro basketball has been through mid-November.

No, I'm not referring to the Milwaukee Bucks leading the Central Division, though that's certainly worth an honorable mention, as weak as the competition may be. Likewise, David Stern's retirement doesn't register on the Richter scale as he won't be stepping down for another year-and-a-half.

All told, the absence of a season-shortening lockout has done little to stabilize the order of the NBA. If anything, a return to the status quo—at least as far as scheduling is concerned—has only made the league less predictable and more chaotic. 

And, as a result, more fun to watch. For that, we give thanks, and look at the 10 most shocking developments thus far.

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