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NBA: 2010-11's Biggest Team Surprises and Disappointments: So Far

Ike MontalboCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2010

NBA: 2010-11's Biggest Team Surprises and Disappointments: So Far

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    Before the 2010-11 season began I predicted all 82 games for every single team, game by game. It was fun to attempt to predict the season.

    Here, I show where I predicted the teams would be, at this point, and what really happened.

Biggest Surprise: Indiana Pacers +8 Wins More Than My Prediction

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    Indiana is my big surprise of the season so far.

    At this point I predicted Indiana would be at 2-18. I went through each of their games and thought the schedule would be tough for the constantly rebuilding team. They are at 10-10 now and playing better defense than I thought possible thanks to Roy Hibbert.

    And Danny Granger is not injured...yet. 

Oklahoma City Thunder +5 Wins More Than My Prediction

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    Don't get me wrong, I love the Thunder and Kevin Durant but while going through their early schedule I thought they'd have some trouble.

    I thought they'd be at 10-13 but they are at 15-8. Good sign?

Dallas Mavericks +4 Wins More Than My Prediction

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    The Mavs have proved me wrong by going 17-4 when I thought they'd be at 13-8.

    I knew they'd be good but I thought they were too old to be THIS good at this point. Go Mavs!

San Antonio Spurs +3 Wins More Than My Prediction

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    The Spurs were too old when I analyzed their early schedule.

    They are sitting pretty at 18-3 and I predicted they'd be a still good 15-6. They still amaze me. 

New Orleans Hornets +3 Wins More Than My Prediction

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    I thought it was over for the Hornets and that possibly Chris Paul would be hurt or gone, but they exceeded my expectations, especially in the first 10 games.

    I thought they'd be at 11-10 and they are at 14-7. 

Washington Wizards +3 Wins More Than My Prediction

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    Yeah, they still suck but I thought they'd be even worse.

    Maybe John Wall is the reason.

    I thought they'd be at 3-18 but they are at 6-15.

New Jersey Nets +3 Wins More Than My Prediction

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    The Nets are competing more this year due to a maturity I thought would not be there.

    Also, Devin Harris actually seems to care this year.

    I thought they'd be at 3-19 and they are at 6-16. 

Utah Jazz +2 Wins More Than My Prediction

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    I thought the Jazz would have problems because of a tough early schedule but they have won a few big ones so far.

    I predicted they'd be at 14-9 but they are 16-7.

    Kirilenko is actually doing good, for now.  

New York Knicks +2 Wins More Than My Prediction

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    NY has seen it's ups and downs already but I thought they'd have a tougher time adjusting.

    I thought they'd be at 12-11 but they are at 14-9.

    Thanks Amare. 

Golden State Warriors + 2 Wins More Than My Prediction

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    The Warriors still suck but I thought they'd suck even worse.

    I give credit to Monta Ellis for accepting Stephen Curry.

    I thought they'd be at 6-16 but they are 8-14. 

Detroit Pistons +2 Wins More Than My Prediction

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    I love Detroit (the team, not the city) but I thought they'd be even worse than they actually are.

    I predicted they'd be at 5-18 but they are at 7-16. 

Minnesota Timberwolves +2 Wins More Than My Prediction

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    The Wolves never cease to piss me off, but this year so far they have gone 5-17 when I thought they'd be at 3-19.

    Good job guys...sorta. 

Boston Celtics +1 Win More Than My Prediction

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    The Celtics will be awesome, I know that, but I thought they'd be at 16-5 but they are at 17-4.

    No big surprise to me really. 

Philadelphia 76ers +1 Win More Than My Prediction

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    I knew they had major problems, and they do.

    They might even lose their most exciting player but I though they'd be at 6-15 when they are currently at 7-14.

    They still bite.  

Chicago Bulls: My Prediction Was Correct

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    I went through each team and each game and I thought the Bulls would be at 12-8 and they are.

    Too bad they are not better. 

Milwaukee Bucks: My Prediction Was Correct

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    I thought the Bucks would be at 8-13 and they are.

    One of only four teams I predicted correctly. I also predict they will improve upon a slow start and make the playoffs. 

Toronto Raptors: My Prediction Was Correct

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    The Toronto Raptors are exactly where I thought they'd be at 8-14.

    Uh...what more is there to say about this crappy team?

Cleveland Cavaliers: My Prediction Was Correct

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    Personally, I'm happy LeBron left but I thought the Cavs would be at 7-15 without him.

    What else can be said? They could be even worse, but they should be happy with such a record. 

Houston Rockets: 1 Win Less Than My Prediction

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    The Rockets should be better, but I knew this would happen to Yao Ming.

    I said they'd be at 9-12 but they are at a dangerous 8-13. 

Memphis Grizzlies: 2 Wins Less Than My Prediction

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    I thought they'd be at 11-12 but they are at 9-14.

    Not a total letdown...yet. 

Denver Nuggets: 2 Wins Less Than My Prediction

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    Maybe I gave Melo too much credit for caring. He probably just wants to leave.

    Oh, well, who really cares?

    They are at 13-8 and I thought they'd be at 15-6. 

Orlando Magic: 2 Wins Less Than My Prediction

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    Orlando is still good but I thought they'd be just a bit better, I thought they'd be at 17-4 but they are at 15-6.  

Los Angeles Lakers: 2 Wins Less Than My Prediction

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    I totally underestimated the West but I seriously thought L.A. would be at 18-4 because of their easy early schedule.

    They are at 16-6, which is not bad. I thought they would be better, but Gasol is gimpy, Kobe is shooting 43%, Bynum is out and Character just sprained his ankle.  

Charlotte Bobcats: 3 Wins Less Than My Prediction

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    For some reason I thought the Bobcats would be at 11-10 but they are at 8-13.

    Who cares? MJ? Who cares?

Atlanta Hawks: 3 Wins Less Than My Prediction

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    I thought they'd be #1 in the East at this point, when I predicted the whole NBA season before it started.

    I thought they'd be at 18-5 but they are at 15-8.

Portland Trailblazers: 3 Wins Less Than My Prediction

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    I thought they'd be better.

    I knew Oden would suck but I thought they'd be at 13-8 and they are at 10-11. Sad. 

Phoenix Suns: 4 Wins Less Than My Prediction

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    Truly I thought the Suns were getting old, but not this old-and bad. I thought they'd be at 15-7 but they are at 11-11.

    Nash just loves to play, win or lose. 

Miami Heat: 6 Wins Less Than My Prediction

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    They have now won six in a row, which is how I thought they'd start out the season.

    They had their early kinks to work out, but Bron and Wade are sick teammates, in a good way.

    Watch out NBA. Somehow I thought they'd be at 21-2 but they are at 15-8. 

Sacramento Kings: 6 Wins Less Than My Prediction

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    Sacramento sucks way more than I thought they would, and it is getting worse.

    Tyreke Evans? He's putting up numbers but not wins. So much for him being like MJ and LeBron.

    I thought they's be at 11-9 but they are 5-15, what flops they are. 

L.A. Clippers: 7 Wins Less Than My Prediction

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    My most disappointing team.

    Seriously, I thought they would be so much better than this and Blake Griffin would help them take it to a new level.

    To me, he is one of the most exciting players in the NBA now, along with Wade, James and Shannon Brown but the team has let the rookie down.

    I cannot believe they let the Lakers come back like that last night.

    Clippers STILL SUCK!!!

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