EARLY NBA SURPRISES 2019-2020 Season
Although we are only a few weeks into the regular season, this NBA year has already been full of surprises and shocking moments. Here are our top five early surprises in the 2019 NBA campaign.
Golden State’s worst decision in the last five years was probably not signing Kendrick Nunn out of the G-League. Instead, the Miami Heat took a chance on the undrafted free agent and it has more than paid off. It only took him five games to rewrite the NBA record books.
He scored 108 points through the first five games of this season. That’s the highest point total by an undrafted rookie during that span. He is second behind Memphis point guard Ja Morant in scoring among rookies, averaging nearly seventeen points per game. To say nobody saw this kind of production from the undrafted product out of Oakland University coming is a complete understatement.
Last season, the Suns finished with the second-worst record in franchise history. Desperately searching for answers, the Suns made a major roster change and added a new head coach. So far, all the additions and subtractions have worked out as they are on pace to obliterate preseason expectations.
The team is currently sitting at a 6-4 with wins over Philadelphia and the Clippers. Devin Booker is having an all-star caliber season. Aaron Baynes and Kelly Oubre are having their best seasons to date. Williams is staking his claim as the NBA coach of the year. Not to mention, most of the success has come without 2018 number one draft pick Deandre Ayton.
The Warriors starting lineup last year consisted of Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson. Those three have now been replaced with Jordan Poole, Willie Cauley-Stein and Glen Robinson III. Their active roster, with the exception of Draymond Green and D’Angelo Russell, is now completely devoid of NBA talent.
Everyone expected the Warriors to take a step back this season. But I do not think that anyone expected them to be 2-9 at this point in the season. The quick fall from perennial NBA championship contender to number one pick contender has taken everyone by surprise.
For the first time in it feels like half a century, the majority of the people following the NBA expected the Kings to be good. So far, the Kings have underperformed. In no way shape or form can you expect to be relevant when you lose to the Hornets at home.
They have already been blown out twice this year. They rank near the bottom of the league in scoring and rank dead last in rebounding. To make matters worse, leading scorer De’Aaron Fox looks like he will be lost for a month with a sprained ankle. The season is still young, but the Kings have a long way to go if they want to live up to their preseason expectations.
Many people thought that the Hornets made the dumbest move of the offseason by letting Kemba Walker go to the Celtics in free agency. But shockingly enough, the hornets have found answers at point guard through their first ten games, one of those answers being in the form of Devonte Graham.
After appearing in only forty-six games a year ago, the second-year man out of Kansas has been quietly making a case for the NBA sixth man of the year award through the first ten games of the season. He is currently leading all bench players with just under eight assists in a game. His eighteen points per game currently rank him at number three among bench players in scoring.
That’s our list of all of the surprises so far in the NBA this season? Do you agree? What are we missing? Comment below who we should have added to the list.
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