Most surprising teams after first month of NBA season

Former NBA player Eddie Johnson gives us three surprising story lines unfolding this season.
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As we near the end of the first month of the 2016-17 NBA season, we take a look at the league’s five most pleasantly surprising teams thus fur. Meaning, these teams are playing at a level that very few people — if any — expected.

5. Philadelphia 76ers (4-10)

Don’t look now, but the Sixers — a team that won just 10 games last season and just 18 the season before — have themselves a win streak. With Monday night’s 101-94 victory over the Miami Heat, the 76ers won their second consecutive game for the first time since March 2015 — a 108-game span, per Elias Sports Bureau. They’re still a ways away from any sort of relevancy, but with runaway Rookie of the Year leader Joel Embiid at the helm, Sixers fans finally have something to smile about.

4. Atlanta Hawks (9-4)

The Hawks hold the league’s second-longest streak of consecutive seasons with a playoff…

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