The unpredictability of sports is one of the main reasons that they are so intriguing to fans. So, in the vein, The Hoops Manifesto will be tracking the biggest surprise NBA player this season – the player who (positively) deviated most from his norm and had a crazy good season. This is the NBA Eye Opener of the Year.
Thabo Sefolosha – Atlanta Hawks
12.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.0 apg, 3.0 spg (2nd in NBA), 83.3% FG, 0.516 WS/48
Who saw this coming? A 32-year-old Thabo Sefolosha putting up career numbers? True, it’s about as small as a sample size as you can get (only two games), but Sefolosha has been the biggest eye opener so far this year, posting a gaudy 0.516 Win Shares/48 minutes (league average is 0.100) this season, compared to the 0.122 that he put up last season. He’s also averaging double figures in scoring for the first time in his career. We’ll see if he can keep it up.