Perhaps the biggest take-away of this NBA season, which is closer to the midway point than most would know, has been the unexpectedness of much of it.
The Warriors and Cavs don’t lead their respective conferences, instead ceding No. 1 seeds to the Celtics and Rockets.
Playoff stalwarts like the Grizzlies and Clippers have fallen off in the West, while teams we were certain would be bad, like the Knicks and Pacers, are in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race.
There’s a lot of games to be played, but as we head into the NBA’s Christmas Day spectacle and the end of 2017, here’s where all 30 teams stand.
30. Memphis Grizzlies
Record: 9-23, 15th in West
Offensive rating: 101.0, 28th
Defensive rating: 105.8, 17th
One thing to know: Since starting 7-4, the Grizzlies have gone 2-19. The firing of David Fizdale looks even more questionable as the team has struggled mightily without Mike Conley, who has played just 12 games this year.
29. Atlanta Hawks
Record: 7-24, 15th in East
Offensive rating: 103.5, 18th
Defensive rating: 108.3, 27th
One thing to know: In a rebuilding year for the Hawks, they can take solace in the development of Taurean Prince. The second-year wing is averaging 14 points per game on 44% shooting, 42% from three, with 5.3 rebounds per game.
28. Sacramento Kings
Record: 11-20, 12th in West
Offensive rating: 98.9, 30th
Defensive rating: 108.8, 30th
One thing to know: One of the best offseason moves was the Kings’ signing of Zach Randolph. Not only is Randolph still plugging away on the court, averaging 16 points and 7 rebounds per game at 36, he’s become a mentor to the young Kings, as SB Nation’s Kristian Winfield detailed.