Awards and trophies aren't won in November in the NBA, though there's no better time than the present to lay the foundation for a phenomenal 2012-13 season. The first week of action has seen no shortage of jaw-dropping, show-stopping performances from stars old and new around The Association, some borne of pure talent and others served up by circumstance.
Injuries, organizational shakeups, contract-year pushes and natural progression have played into some of the league's most intriguing early-season success stories and figure to foster strong starts for those still standing. Teams like the Orlando Magic, the Milwaukee Bucks and the New York Knicks have looked surprisingly good to start, though quick returns to Earth in each case may be in order before long.
Even if their most productive players keep plugging away at the box score, night after night, these 10 guys will reward those diehard hoop heads eager for fall 'ball with plenty of theatrics in the Month of the Turkey.