The NBA playoff picture is already beginning to take shape, even if the season remains in its infancy stage.
The Western Conference has been the dominant side of the NBA for some time now, and 2012-13 looks to be no different.
While some teams like the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder are enjoying expected success, there are some lesser known teams making some noise in the West.
Here are five teams off to better-than-expected starts that could challenge for a playoff spot or even a deep playoff run in the loaded Western Conference.
*Note: All records and stats are accurate as of Nov. 20, 2012.