ESPN’s Numbers Never Lie crew, consisting of Hugh Douglas, Jalen Rose and Michael Scott, unanimously picked the San Antonio Spurs to win the Southwest Division this season. No real surprise there. (The Spurs won the division by nine games, after all.)
The crew then gave their takes on the most surprise team in the division. The Houston Rockets, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks drew votes while the last-place New Orleans Hornets were not mentioned.
The numbers, at least, seem to favor the Hornets this season. Accuscore gives New Orleans a 32.8% chance of making the playoffs, up from 14.7% last year.