This has to be the least surprising of all the surprises listed, but it's still noteworthy nonetheless. It's seemingly predictable that young players will develop and better their skills, but few could have foreseen Stephen Curry's jump to stardom.
Curry's numbers aren't all that different between last season and this season, averaging 22.9 points and 6.9 assists over 23.6 points and 9.3 assists, respectively. While the improvement is slight on paper, it makes a huge difference as a whole.
A player can average 20 points per game, but a slight jump to 23 points per game puts said player in a whole new league of scorers.
Another example is Golden State's own Klay Thompson. He went from 16.6 points last season to 19.6 points this season. Again, it isn't a huge leap, but it's still something to consider that realistically changes the perception of Thompson.
The same can be said for Curry. He's playing on par with most of his production in recent years, but he's shown the ability to take over games at will.
Whether it's distributing or scoring, Curry is able to dominate either facet and lead his team to victory. The Warriors' 17-13 record thus far isn't as successful as it could be, but it could be a lot worse had Curry not exerted himself to lead his team.
As seen in the video above, Curry can take it upon himself and do whatever necessary to succeed.
Few players can stop teams in their tracks, where entire game plans revolve around an individual. Curry has become more than a shooter and a passer; he is one of the best scorers in the league and must be accounted for.
Curry's potential is scary if he can stay healthy, but he's already shown what's possible this season. Again, it's hardly as surprising given the expected trend of development from young players.
But for Curry to cement himself as a top-10 player, few could have called it.