Which five teams are the NBA’s biggest surprises?
The Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets are tearing it up three weeks into the NBA season. Yes, they were expected to be better, but this good? Well, let's see if they can continue that kind of play.
The Charlotte Hornets are off to a decent start behind the play of Kemba Walker, and in the wide-open Southeast Division, the Hornets have a shot.
How about the Sacramento Kings? Maybe it's possible Kings general manager Vlade Divac is onto something with his young team, and Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff is getting the most from a team that will play hard, especially defensively.
Milwaukee Bucks 8-1
The Bucks were expected to be better with the continued development of 23-year-old All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo and new coach Mike Budenholzer, who figured to bring a more dynamic offense and improved defense. That has happened and manifested itself in improved three-point shooting, and the play of Khris Middleton, who is averaging 19.2 points and shooting 49.3 percent on three-pointers and making a push for his first All-Star appearance.
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Milwaukee made 8.8 threes per game last season and is at league-best 15.6 per game through Sunday. Milwaukee has the NBA’s No. 2 defense, allowing 100.1 points per 100 possessions, and the No. 3 offense, scoring 114.7 points per 100 possessions for a league-best plus-14.6 net rating.
Sacramento Kings 6-4
The guffaws reverberated throughout the league in the summer when Divac called his squad a “super team, just young.” Divac might be on to something with De’Aaron Fox (18.6 points per game), Buddy Hield (19.7 ppg), Willie Cauley-Stein (15.7 ppg, 8.2 rebounds per game), Marvin Bagley III (12.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg), Justin Jackson and Harry Giles. The Kings have nice victories against Oklahoma City, Memphis and Miami, and the young core looks promising. Fox’s 31-point, 15-assist, 10-rebound night makes him the youngest ever with a 30-15-10 triple double. The addition of Nemanja Bjelica provides even more three-point shooting alongside Hield, who is shooting 48 percent on threes.
Charlotte Hornets 5-5
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