Dewayne Dedmon's emergence has been an unexpected positive for the rebuilding Atlanta Hawks.
Improved bench scoring and transition defense have the Wizards back on track.
Emmanuel Mudiay is not starting for the Denver Nuggets, but can he still have an emergent season?
Luc Mbah a Moute and rookie Semi Ojeleye are defensive specialists who have provided unexpected offensive utility this season.
Nikola Jokic and new addition Paul Millsap are still working out some of the kinks in their new partnership.
While Giannis Antetokounmpo is grabbing headlines, don't overlook Khris Middleton.
While toiling in the obscurity of Sacramento, Kings rookie De'Aaron Fox is showing off stunning performances.
The Washington Wizards have leveraged improved depth and ball movement to sit atop the Eastern Conference at 3-0.
Dwight Howard says he has been unfairly blamed for previous shortcomings. In Charlotte, he gets a chance to prove it.
Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal says his team is "more than ready" for the start of the NBA season.
Perhaps no rookie has turned more heads in the preseason than Dennis Smith, Jr. of the Mavericks.
The Hawks may not have star power, but they still believe they can achieve success.
With Batum out six-to-eight weeks, the Hornets need contributions from Jeremy Lamb and Malik Monk.
Buddy Grizzard analyzes the NBA's recent lottery reform and potential ideas to improve on it.
While external expectations may be low, the Hawks are not backing down from the high standards they have set for themselves.