Surprise Players this Year in the NBA
This year in the NBA has been full of surprises, mainly the players. Some surprise players this year include:
1. Danny Granger, SF, Indiana Pacers
Granger has 23.7 PPG, 5 RPG, and 3 APG this season, and if not for the team he’s playing on, I believe he would be in MVP consideration. All his stats except rebounds are up from last year.
2. Rajon Rondo, PG, Boston Celtics
Are we going to have to change the Big Three to the Fantastic Four? I mean, seriously: 10.9 PPG, 7.4 APG, 5 RPG, and 2.3 SPG? Not to mention the fact that he got the first Celtics triple double since Ryan Gomes got one in 2006. Outrageous for a guy who is lost in a team with three of the best players in the nation!
3. Anthony Morrow, SG, Golden State Warriors
This undrafted player out of Georgia Tech has averaged double figures in scoring in 22 MPG and is shooting .444 from beyond the arc. He has been a scoring machine, including a 37 point breakout that was under the radar. I have a simple question: before this year, who had ever heard of Anthony Morrow?
4. Andris Biedrins, C, Golden State Warriors
I have had my eye on this guy for three years now, just waiting for him to have a breakout season and get recognized. Finally, that has happened: 15.4 PPG, 12 RPG, 2 APG, 1.7 BPG. Pretty good, eh?
5. Shaquille O’Neal, C, Phoenix Suns
Didn’t expect a big name on this list, did you? Well, here he is: a year after getting traded to the Phoenix Suns, where everyone thought he would average about 2 PPG, he has exploded to the old reliant Diesel. 15.8 PPG, 8.6 RPG, and 1.8 BPG. Crazy stat: he has more 23 point games than Chris Paul. Yeah, he’s back.
6. Nene Hilario, C, Denver Nuggets
An underrated key piece in the Denver Nuggets’ arsenal of players. This guy is averaging 14.3 PPG, 7.2 RPG, 1.7 BPG, and a .622 FG%, all career highs.
7. Wilson Chandler, SF, New York Knicks
This guy is averaging career highs in, well, everything. In ESPN fantasy, he was only drafted in about 1% of the leagues. Boy, do some of those owners who passed him up for, oh, I don’t know, QUENTIN RICHARDSON, his current back-up, probably feel stupid right now.
8. Spencer Hawes, C, Sacramento Kings
This guy, as well, is averaging career highs in everything. He was called to duty when Brad Miller went down with an injury, and has done superbly. In a fantasy draft a few games into the season, I drafted Hawes, and was scorned because “He’s only playing because Miller is hurt.” I replied with, “Look at the stats.” Now, Miller is fully healthy, and Hawes is still starting.
9. Mickael Pietrius, SG, Orlando Magic
He has been a no-name for years now, but he has finally broken out. This year, he has 12.9 PPG, .848 FT%, and a .365 3-Point%.
10. Rudy Fernandez, SG, Portland Trailblazers
The other second- year rookie in Portland is pretty good as well. He’s the shooting ace on a perimeter team, with 11 PPG because of his .400 3-Point% and .929 FT%. Now, I don’t know about you, but, to me, that’s a pretty good shooter.
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