NBA Star Player Rankings: Who's Soaring, Who's Sinking Early in 2012-13?

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NBA Star Player Rankings: Who's Soaring, Who's Sinking Early in 2012-13?
Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

Small sample sizes are dangerous things in the NBA, even when dealing with these top 20 stars. A few games at a blazing pace can suddenly make a player all the rage, although that type of tear isn't necessarily sustainable.

For proof, look no further than what James Harden and Kyle Lowry were able to do in the first few games of the 2012-13 season. While we have yet to find out whether or not Lowry can maintain that level of play when he's fully healthy again (he can't), we've already seen Harden fall back down to earth.

So, which stars are experiencing similar falls, although not always from that same height?

And because we aren't all about the negatives here, which players are on the rise? 

Read on to find out, and don't hesitate to check out last week's edition here.

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