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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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Isaiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Boston Celtics
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Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Milwaukee Bucks
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Stephen Curry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Golden State Warriors
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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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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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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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DeMar DeRozan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
San Antonio Spurs
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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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Malcolm Brogdon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Malcolm Brogdon Milwaukee Bucks
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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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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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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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Marc Gasol is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Toronto Raptors
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Harrison Barnes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Dallas Mavericks
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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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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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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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Andre Drummond is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Detroit Pistons
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George Hill is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Utah Jazz
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Jabari Parker is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Milwaukee Bucks
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Jonas Valančiūnas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Memphis Grizzlies
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Brook Lopez is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Milwaukee Bucks
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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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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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Lucas Nogueira is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Who Is The Most Surprising NBA Player This Season?
Toronto Raptors