NBA: Biggest surprises and disappointments midway through 2019-20

NBA Miami Heat Jimmy Butler (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
NBA Miami Heat Jimmy Butler (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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NBA Miami Heat
NBA Miami Heat Jimmy Butler (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /

Miami Heat – Buckets and Bam

Many questioned why Jimmy Butler would leave the stacked Philadelphia 76ers for a less than stellar Miami Heat in free agency. It appears as though these questions have been answered as the Heat are a top 3 team in the East with a better record than Philadelphia.

Butler’s been having a good season averaging 20 points, seven boards and six assists a game, but the real reason Miami is surpassing all expectations comes from the young stars. Bam Adebayo in just his second year is already averaging a double-double and has become one of the best starting centers in the league. Rookie guards Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro have both been making great cases for All-Rookie First Team nominations.

The Heat are hot there’s no denying it, but it’ll be tough for a team with little to no experience to have a deep run in the postseason. With that said Miami’s been full of surprises as of late so don’t rule them out just yet.

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The season’s just starting to approach the halfway mark and we’ve already seen teams take giant leaps and drops in progression and performance. There’s still plenty of basketball to be played leaving room for anyone to make a run or slow down. Come April we’ll have a bigger and better picture of who’s really got what it takes to take it home and who’s having just another fluke of a season.