Perhaps the Los Angeles Lakers are not the league's biggest enigma. It could be another Pacific Division team.
Despite being without their starting center and two other significant contributors, the Golden State Warriors are the NBA's biggest surprise so far this season.
A bigger surprise than the New York Knicks (in a good way), and a bigger surprise than the Lakers (in a bad way).
Golden State has shown this the toughest way possible, by winning outside Oakland. The Warriors won the first five games of a seven-game road trip, including a 97-95 victory last Wednesday against the world champion Miami Heat, and at 15-7 was off to its best start since 1991-92.
Two days later, Golden State laid an egg in Orlando and abruptly ended the franchise's third-longest road winning streak.
Having advanced to the playoffs only once since 1993-94, this is foreign territory not only to Golden State players, but also to many in the team's fan demographic.
“So much fun, finally, to be winning!” two-year owner Joe Lacob wrote in an email.
The night of the Miami victory, rookie forward Draymond Green returned to the locker room and found 83 congratulatory text messages on his phone, which soon grew to about 130 total.