The NBA has been full of surprises this season, and it’s made the season quite exciting. There are teams who were nowhere near the playoffs last season fighting for a playoff spot. There are players having great seasons, and the best part? There’s still plenty of basketball to play.
The contending teams are doing exactly what they are supposed to be doing, but we can’t ignore the surprising teams of the league. Check out this list of three of the most surprising teams this season.
1.) Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers are easily the biggest surprise this year. A team going from a record of 22-50 to nearly surpassing their record only three months into the season is unheard of. But somehow, that’s exactly what the Cavs are doing.
Cleveland is led by their young, talented point guard Darius Garland. Garland leads the team in points. He averages 19.1 points and 7.3 assists per game.
Garland has accepted his role of being a facilitator but scoring when it is necessary. And with veteran guard Ricky Rubio as a mentor, he’ll only get better.
Garland has a legitimate chance at becoming an All-Star this year, and one of his teammates could join him. Jarrett Allen has played well, and at this rate, he makes a case for Most Improved Player or Defensive Player of the Year. Allen is averaging a career-high 16.8 points and career-highs in both rebounds (10.8 per game) and assists (2.0 per game). He’s living up to the large contract the Cavs gave him in the offseason, and by the looks of things, he’ll be a key player for the Cavs for years to come.
The Cavs are headed in the right direction, but so are one of their Central division rivals.
2.) Chicago Bulls
The Bulls are in a similar situation as the Cavs. They had a record of 31-41 and 11th in the East. Then, things changed.
Chicago is second in the Eastern Conference. Their new additions, DeMar DeRozan, Alex Caruso and Lonzo Ball (who we’ve discussed before), are playing well. And despite a recent COVID-19 outbreak, the Bulls have maintained their position in the standings.
The Bulls are taking care of business, and if they’re playing like this now, it will be interesting how they do in the playoffs.
3.) Minnesota Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves are a rebuilding team. They are always towards the bottom of the Western Conference, and as a result, they get a good pick in the draft. But their lottery days could be over soon.
The Timberwolves have a record of 15-15. They are a .500 team that could find themselves in the playoffs. They are eighth in the West (due to their four-game winning streak) and have a slight lead over the Dallas Mavericks.
Their star forward, Anthony Edwards, continues to improve, and in only his second year in the league, he looks like a player to build around.
With Edwards and veterans like Karl Anthony-Towns and D’Angelo Russell, the Timberwolves may finally be on the right track. And this is the year we could see them in the playoffs.