2017 Sports Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?  

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List Rules Vote up the NBA players whose performance has been the most unexpected, including both the pleasant and depressing surprises.

The 2016-2017 NBA season had major roster changes, anticipated comebacks, and an entire class of rookies. While many NBA players stayed consistent with their regular stats, some either performed better than expected or became huge letdowns.

After missing two seasons due to injuries, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid finally made his NBA debut in the 2016-2017 season with outstanding stats. Leading the race for NBA Rookie of the Year, Joel "The Process" Embiid has definitely surprised the league with his amazing comeback. Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo is also having a breakout season and quickly becoming one of NBA's top players. 

Disappointing players include Memphis Grizzlies forward Chandler Parson, New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose, and Los Angeles Clippers big man Blake Griffin. Faced with injuries, roster moves, and off-court troubles, these players have been lacking on the court this season. 

Here are the NBA players who shocked fans the most in the 2016-2017 season, including the stars who didn't perform like their usual selves. Vote for the most surprising NBA player in 2016-2017. Whether he performed beyond expectations or disappointed everyone, vote for the player who most surprised you this season. Feel free to add any surprising or unexpected NBA players who are missing from the list.

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465 105
Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Boston Celtics

2
361 130
Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Milwaukee Bucks

3
211 240
Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Golden State Warriors

4
189 210
Kevin Durant is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Golden State Warriors

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174 199
James Harden is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Houston Rockets

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154 174
Joel Embiid is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Philadelphia 76ers

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136 179
DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Toronto Raptors

8
115 178
Eric Gordon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Houston Rockets

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93 186
Malcolm Brogdon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Milwaukee Bucks

10
93 192
D'Angelo Russell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Los Angeles Lakers

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73 172
Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
New York Knicks

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56 148
Kemba Walker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Charlotte Hornets

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57 154
Harrison Barnes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Dallas Mavericks

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56 152
Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Memphis Grizzlies, Memphis Grizzlies

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54 155
Blake Griffin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Los Angeles Clippers

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53 156
Otto Porter Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Washington Wizards

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49 148
Lou Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Los Angeles Lakers

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44 150
George Hill is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Utah Jazz

19
41 141
Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Detroit Pistons

20
45 155
Jabari Parker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Milwaukee Bucks

21
28 149
Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Toronto Raptors

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28 151
Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Brooklyn Nets, Brooklyn Nets

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24 153
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Detroit Pistons

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22 149
José Juan Barea is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Dallas Mavericks

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16 153
Lucas Nogueira is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Toronto Raptors