What teams have surprised you, what teams are performing like you expected, and what teams are underachieving? SURPRISES: 1. Atlanta Hawks: After going to a 7th game with Boston the Hawks lost Childress and made no significant move in the offseason. It looked like they would do worse this year, but so far they are 4-0 and have the best win percentage in the Eastern Conference. 2. Charlotte Bobcats: If they keep their lead against the Raptors they will start the season 3-3. I expected Larry Brown to have a tough time playing with a lot of young players. 3. Memphis Grizzlies: After being a terrible team last year and trading Pau Gasol for basically nothing, the Grizzlies have somehow started the season well. Right now they are 3-3 and the 6th best team in the West (record wise). MEETING EXPECTATIONS: 1. L.A. Lakers: A team having players like Kobe, Odom, Gasol, and Bynum should start strong. So far they are undefeated. 2. New Orleans: A threat in the West. They are right there with the rest of the Western Conference teams at 4-2. 3. Houston Rockets: With Ron Artest the Rockets are supposed to be a threat. So far they are 3rd in the West. UNDERACHIEVERS: 1. Philadelphia 76ers: They were hyped up this year. They almost beat us last year and they added Elton Brand. Somehow they are only 2-4 and the only team in the conference with the a lower record is the Wizards. 2. San Antonio Spurs: One of the best teams of the decade has started 1-4! The only reason they are not #1 on the underachievers list is because of the injuries to Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili. 3. Dallas Mavericks: They have basically underachieved ever since their collapse to the Miami Heat in 06. Right now they are 2-3 and if the playoffs started today they would not qualify.