NBA Wednesday: Top Shocks Halfway Through the Season

A multitude of bewildering circumstances have arrived this season. Arraying from individual performances, accolades, rookie feats, and team records; this season has left few disappointed. The greatest surprise of all has been an individual, whose level of play has exceeded everyone’s expectations.

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5th.) Falling to pick thirteen in this years draft, Donovan Mitchell didn’t know if he would even get selected in the first round. Now, he has become unheralded rookie who’s offensive arsenal is a legitimate force to be reckoned with. Receiving praise from Paul George, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, and Dwayne Wade, Donovan went from a ‘potential-prospect’ to a starter averaging 18.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game. Safe to say, this rise to success was extremely unprecedented.

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4.) When the Oklahoma City Thunder made two blockbuster deals to acquire All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Paul George, it was assumed that OKC had immediately become a top-tier NBA team. On paper, this team could stack up against the best of the world. Two new ball-dominate guards, next to the league leader in assists, Russell Westbrook, seemed like a match made in heaven. Unfortunately, the NBA is not a sheet of paper. This team was an underwhelming disaster, boasting a 12 win, 14 loss start to their season. As of late, the Thunder have begun to gaining traction, but their inconsistent play has been a very notable surprise.

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3.) With the previous two seasons derailed by injuries, Tyreke Evans looked like his career could be coming to a close. He had only played 65 games in the past two years, so Tyreke knew he had to make the most of this season. Luckily for him, he has. Evans is one of three front-runners for the NBA’s Most Improved Player Award. With midway-point averages of 19.6 points, 1.1 steals, 5.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists, and a 46.7 field goal percentage, Tyreke has clearly turned his career in the correct direction; something not many expected.

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2.) After trading their franchise cornerstone, even the most optimistic analysts didn’t project the Pacers to ever land inside the Eastern Conference Playoff picture. Here we are, halfway through the season, and the Pacers are stealthily sitting in the sixth spot. Their ability to maintain this prestigious spot, depends largely on the shoulders of Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner. If those two stay healthy and continue their excellent seasons, the Pacers should be well-set for a bid in the NBA Playoffs.

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1.) A point guard who averaged 3.8 points and 2.4 assists last year holds the prestigious number one spot. This man went from being a possible draft-bust, to an All-Star caliber player this season. Kris Dunn. This guard has possibly turned his entire career around in just 44 games this year. He has averaged 13.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 6.4 assists this season, which are all career highs. Most importantly, Kris is now second in the NBA for steals per game, swiping 2 a contest. Clearly, Kris has broken out and may become a bright NBA star in just a few years, if he’s not already one now.

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A whole world of surprises and big events will inevitably ensue the second half of this NBA season. The only question is, which teams and players will rise to the top and which ones will fall?

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Leo B says:

    Kris Dunn is on the rise!

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