We are now about two months into the NBA season and so far there have definitely been a few surprises throughout the league.
Biggest Disappointment - Toronto Raptors
Now having covered the Raptors for two years, I know the capabilities of this team. Yet, without a doubt, they seem to disappoint me every year. When I covered Jamario in his first year on Toronto, the Raptors were coming off a terrific previous season. They had won the Atlantic Division and Sam Mitchell won coach of the year. Since then the Raptors have yet to make the playoffs and have been bouncing players in and out, trying to find some player compatible with Chris Bosh. Bryan Colangelo brought in Hedo Turkoglu, Reggie Evans, Amir Johnson, and Marco Bellineli. They received Marcus Banks and Patrick O'Bryant in trades last year, and drafted Demar Derozan from USC. They also got Jarret Jack to back up Jose Calderon at the point and received Rasho Nesterovic who was on the team two years ago. So will all that work Bryan Colangelo did, you would expect a winning record right? Haha. Nope. The Raptors are 10-15 and are second in the Altantic because they are competing with the Nets, Knicks, and Sixers. In the 15 losses, the Raptors are losing by an average of 15.8 points. They also have five losses by 20 points or more and nine losses by at least double digits. The only thing I can see is their defense is terrible. Despite the poor start, Chris Bosh is putting up All-Star numbers. In 25 games, Bosh is averaging 23.9 PPG and 12.1 RPG.
Biggest Surprise - Oklahoma City Thunder
I know it's early, and I know they have plenty of time to crumble, but did any of us really expect the Thunder to be 12-9? They definitely have talent but are still very young and have many players adjusting to the league. I hate using comparisons like this, but if they playoffs ended today the Thunder would be the seven seed in the West. Kevin Durant is having an MVP like season averaging 28.3 PPG and 7.2 RPG. Lets not forget Russel Westbrook who looks like a future all-star averaging 16.4 PPG and 6.9 APG. The only thing is they really haven't had a really impressive win. They do have one win against the Magic, but most of their losses have come against talented teams. If they continue on this path, they might make the playoffs but I think it will be determined on how well the Spurs do. I expect the Spurs to turn it around eventually. They are currently 11-9 and 1-5 on the road.
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