With the start of the 2012-13 NBA regular season just around the corner, anticipation is brewing as fans prepare to see their favorite players back out on the court.
At the moment, these players are getting back in the swing of things in the preseason. While these games are not always a perfect indicator of the kind of season a player will have, they can often give us some valuable information.
This preseason has been particularly interesting, as we have been able to watch transcendent players like Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade all work themselves back into shape and see the likes of Carmelo Anthony, Rajon Rondo and Deron Williams adjust to new roles during these tune-ups.
The players listed here are not just essential to the success of their respective teams, but widely regarded as the league's top 15 superstars. This is not an attempt to rank these players in any way—just a look at how each of them is performing in the preseason and the implications that could have on their impending regular-season performance.
Without further ado, here is the stock up, stock down look at the NBA's brightest stars based on the 2012-2013 preseason.
Note: Derrick Rose has not appeared in the 2012-13 preseason and is not eligible for this list.