The 2012 portion of the 2012-13 NBA season is nearly over, and there have been plenty of surprises thus far.
James Harden's departure from Oklahoma City to Houston was probably the biggest surprise, but the New York Knicks' torrid start and the poor play of the Los Angeles Lakers have also been pretty surprising.
And we all knew that the Los Angeles Clippers were talented, but how could anybody foresee their ridiculous 16-game (and counting) winning streak?
The NBA is chock full of surprises, and the first quarter-plus of the season has lived up to that reputation.
In 2013, there are plenty of teams and players to look out for. The Lakers will have plenty of attention on them, as will the Knicks as they look to stay red-hot.
Some stories will come out of nowhere, though, and it's my job here to predict such stories. You're in luck, NBA fans—it figures to be an exciting 2013 filled with a ton of surprises.
Note: All stats current as of Dec. 30, 2012.