The mark of a great NBA player is one who stops at nothing to improve and evolve their game, and there has been a tremendous showing of that throughout the league early on in the 2012-13 season. Many players used the offseason to better themselves, and it's clearly showing on their stat sheets.
One of the most notable cases of a player's gradual evolution this year has been Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo.
Normally just one to dish off assists and come away with steals, Rondo's overall offensive game has improved tremendously this year. His mid-range jumper is looking incredible and his field-goal percentage reflects accordingly.
Of course, Rondo's improvement is but one case in the league today. Some have committed to playing better defense, while others have shown an extra bounce in their step on offense. Some players have just looked better in every way, shape and form.
If these new-look players can keep up their numbers and effort, then they'll make for some incredible performances over the course of the season, much to the fans' delight.