espn : Daily Dime - 1. Quarter Report: We Never Saw It Coming
J.A. Adande, ESPN.com: My pick is the San Antonio Spurs, the surprise leaders of the Western Conference. I expected a year older, I didn't expect ... better, faster and higher-scoring. The other word is unfamiliar. There's still Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, but six players on the roster weren't on the team in 2008-09. Was a little disorienting the first time I went into their locker room.
Tom Haberstroh, ESPN.com: For me, the biggest surprise has been the Spurs. We generally assume that the recipe for a surprise team consists of a budding young core or a shaken up roster, but the 18-3 squad in San Antonio features neither of those ingredients. Instead, it's veterans Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan who have evolved their individual games stylistically for the good of the team.
John Hollinger, ESPN.com: The biggest surprise is that the old teams won't go away. Boston, Dallas and San Antonio have the league's three best records; about six months ago, we thought the windows for all three of them had probably shut. Each has supplemented its bench to take some of the strain off an aging core, but for each the core players have also proven remarkably resistant to decline. As a result, our expected Lakers-Heat duopoly has instead became much more interesting.
Brian Windhost, ESPN.com: The San Antonio Spurs haven't just surprised me, they've shocked me with their strong start. Not just because of their record but how they're doing it. They are playing at one of the fastest paces in the league, averaging nearly 107 points a night. They've allowed Tim Duncan to become basically a glorified role player many nights. Any they're getting excellent production from unexpected places such as Gary Neal, James Anderson and even Richard Jefferson.