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In alphabetical order:
Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers: Holiday has been the major bright spot for the Sixers amidst the flurry of soul-crushing Andrew Bynum injury news that the team's been dealing with.
After averaging 12.2 points, 5.2 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game over his first three seasons, Holiday finally appears to have made "the leap" in 2012-13, averaging 18.6 points, 8.9 dimes and 4.4 rebounds per game. He's the main reason the Sixers have run out to a 7-4 record and have stayed afloat in the absence of one bowling connoisseur.
Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers: Irving was ranked No. 6 on this list last week, but news that he'll miss the next month with a finger fracture puts a serious halt on his MVP candidacy.
Before the injury, Irving was averaging a stellar 22.9 points, 5.6 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 three-point field goals per game for the Cleveland Cavaliers, who will mightily struggle in his absence over the next four weeks.
Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies: After tearing the MCL in his right knee in January 2012 and never feeling 100 percent after his return in March, the dominant Randolph of 2010-11 has returned for Memphis in 2012-13.
He's posted a double-double in each of the Grizzlies' first 10 games, averaging 16.7 points and a league-high 13.8 rebounds per game. Having him back fully healthy is a huge reason the Grizzlies have been able to shock the rest of the league and sprint out to an 8-2 record.
Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics: Rondo's averaging a league-high 13.1 assists per game and has at least 10 assists in each of his past 34 games, including two 20-assist efforts in 2012-13 against the Philadelphia 76ers and Toronto Raptors.
Unfortunately, his early-season scoring prowess has taken a dive since he injured his ankle against the Utah Jazz. He attempted at least nine shots per game in all eight of the Celtics' games before injuring his ankle; in his two games since returning, he's taken 11 total shots.