If the game of basketball were played on paper, then you wouldn't ever have to actually play any of the games. Teams would put together the best rosters possible, compare and then declare a winner. That's not how it goes, though.
In real life, surprises, both good and bad, happen. Sometimes there are injuries, and sometimes there are players outperforming all expectations. Things never go exactly as they are supposed to. That's why you have to play the games.
For the 2012-13 New York Knicks, the season has largely been one of positive surprises thus far. The team has started 7-1 with five of those wins coming by double digits. Every team New York has played participated in the playoffs last year.
When things are going that well this early, it means you've got more than one guy justifying the money he makes. Here are those guys for the Knicks.
Disclaimer: stats in this article are accurate as of 11/18/12.