Danny Granger

Who has surprised, disappointed in NBA?

Jimmer, Rubio look good

K.C. Johnson

Chicago Tribune

Every NBA season presents surprises, but the fact Jimmer Fredette is more than just a shooter has to rank up there for this crazy campaign. Fredette still makes rookie mistakes, but his decision-making process is better than projected and he isn't the statue on defense some had predicted.

Another rookie, Ricky Rubio, also has surprised by being better than his considerable hype. Granted, he's a non-traditional rookie, but his ability to keep a live dribble and patiently wait for plays to develop belies his lack of NBA experience. As for disappointments, Joakim Noah has to rank high. In the...