Surprise: Philadelphia. Name the superstar on the No. 1 team in the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division. Just try. Philadelphia's lone All-Star (Andre Iguodala) is its fourth-leading scorer, and its leading scorer (Lou Williams) comes off the bench. More surprising: The 76ers rank No. 1 in the NBA in defense. Miami and Chicago still run the East, but Philadelphia won't surrender easily.
Disappointment: Milwaukee. No roster has underachieved this much. With center Andrew Bogut and point guard Brandon Jennings, the Bucks were expected to leap from last season's 35-47 record to become a playoff contender. But Bogut has largely been absent, and Jennings' play has been, too.
76ers and Hawks
With the Celtics and Knicks in their division, not many expected the 76ers atop the standings at All-Star break.
The Sixers have done it with little fanfare, the only headline-grabber being Andre Iguodala. If they can hold on to the No. 4 seed, they could be a dangerous opponent for the Bulls or Heat in the second round.
As for disappointment, how about the Hawks? They don't have the excuses like the Celtics (old age) and Knicks (injuries). Here's a team that beat the Heat in Miami, yet somehow loses to them a few weeks later without LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. The Hawks are too talented to play with so much inconsistency.