It's never too early to set the stage for the NBA awards...right?
OK, so maybe any attempt to narrow the field for even the least memorable of honors (i.e. the Most Improved Player award) is a futile endeavor at this point, seeing as how there are still teams that have yet to play this season.
That being said, there were plenty of performances from the first few nights of the 2012-13 season that portend bigger and better things for some of the league's brightest young talents in the months to come.
Who knows? Maybe this year's winner will go on to be the next Kevin Love or the next Tracy McGrady.
Or, at the other end of the spectrum, the next Boris Diaw or the next Bobby Simmons.
In any case, the Association is chock-full of rising stars poised for Emeril Lagasse-like seasons on account of increased playing time, big-money motivation, natural progression or some combination therein. So far, these five youngsters sit atop the list.