With the All-Star break rapidly approaching, ESPN's Jamal Mashburn and Tim Legler and ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard weighed in on the first half of the season with their biggest surprises and disappointments. The trio also handed out a few awards.
What team or player has been the biggest disappointment?
Mashburn: I think a lot of people would point to the Sixers, but I understand why they are where they are. They overachieved last season. They surprised people with their effort and style of play in wanting to get into transition a lot. They played small and got after it on the defensive end. It has surprised me that they haven't been able to integrate Elton Brand better.
Baron Davis. He is a franchise player and the Clippers have talent, but they haven't had success. That speaks to how important chemistry can be.
Legler: Sixers. Philly is hot right now, but they were a big disappointment earlier in the season. They had a coaching change and I know Elton Brand went out for a while, but I thought adding him to the mix would turn them into a top-three or -four team in the East. They have really struggled and changed their identity by adding Brand.
Clippers. I thought by adding Marcus Camby and Baron Davis to go along with Chris Kaman that they would be a top-10 team and a playoff contender in the West. The fact that Davis was hurt in the preseason and those guys didn't play together much has affected them, and from what I hear, Davis has pretty much just shut it down mentally.
Broussard: Philadelphia 76ers. They have won 7 of their past 8 without Elton Brand, so they've started to play well and get back in the East hunt. Since Brand has been out, the 76ers have actually been better. We'll see how he plays Saturday when he returns.