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November 30, 2010 9:48 AM

6 Early NBA Surprises


heat.jpgIt's early in the NBA season but that doesn't necessarily mean it's too soon to take a glance around the league and see what's happening.

Some things were expected, like the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers and 2010 Eastern Conference champs Boston Celtics off to quick starts. However, other things were hard to see coming.

Here are my six early season surprises in the NBA. Please read, enjoy and share a surprise or two of your own.

Cavaliers move on.

In the post-LeBron James era, first-year head coach Bryon Scott has Cleveland sharing the rock to give his young squad an opportunity to compete every night. The Cavs aren't a playoff-caliber team, but if they stay scrappy might astonishingly be a .500 ballclub this season.

Clippers stink again.

With Blake Griffin's return and Eric Gordon's 2010 FIBA World Championship exposure, expectations were lofty for the other NBA team in L.A. before the start of the year. But so far the team's failed miserably to deliver for fans once again, posting a 1-9 record the first 10 games.

No. 1 pick Wall sensational.

Most analysts predicted the 2010 NBA No. 1 Draft selection John Wall would be scary good. But few thought he would have a crisp handle on things so quickly in the league. The Washington Wizards point guard is averaging 18.1 points, 9.8 assists and 3.3 steals a night, though he's been banged up a lot.

anthony.jpgMelo 'happy' with Nuggets.

Although he demanded a trade before the season, Carmelo Anthony   has stayed professional in Denver. Even after dropping a couple close games early in the year, Melo claimed: "I'm in a good state right now. We're winning. I'm happy. And everybody else on the team is happy."

Celtics cool Heat twice.

The Miami Heat and its Big 3 aren't eclipsing the Chicago Bulls' mark of 72-10. The Boston Celtics silenced that noise twice already, once in Boston and then a couple weeks later in Miami. The Heat eventually will be a great NBA team, but the Celtics are the great team now.

Hornets start season 8-0.

Before the season tipped off, most NBA talk centered deservedly on the Lakers, Celts, Heat and Orlando Magic. Besides grumbles by Chris Paul of his wanting out, not much was mentioned about New Orleans. During their early hot stretch, the Hornets stung the San Antonio Spurs, Heat as well as Nuggets.

Besides writing for All Net , Dwayne C. Nelson is also a featured arts and entertainment and sports contributor for Associated Content from Yahoo! Click here to check out some of his online material.

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