Just a few weeks into the 2013-14 season, we haven't yet passed the point where every judgment on an NBA team or player is followed by "but it's still early."
With so many teams and players still rounding into form, it's difficult to make any confident assessments about how the year will play out. Trying to find answers in such small samples can be maddening. But there are a handful of early developments that have been surprising enough to warrant the risk of increased scrutiny.
Whether it's an unexpectedly rough shooting slump for Derrick Rose or the rapid ascent of a budding star like Eric Bledsoe, we'll take a look at the current state of the NBA's least anticipated storylines and then make a guess as to whether they'll hold up.
Some verdicts should help brighten hopes. But if you're loyal to the Cleveland Cavaliers or Portland Trail Blazers, get ready for some bad news.
It's time to buy or sell a few of the NBA's most surprising trends.