Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE
LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers
A mainstay in the top 20 for some time now, LaMarcus Aldridge has now dropped out of the rankings and into the inaugural honorable mention slide.
This season, he just hasn't been able to dominate on either end of the court. His solid defense has remained just solid, but the power forward's offense has taken a serious step backward. Aldridge is shooting only 43 percent from the field and turning the ball over more often than ever before.
Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks
The lefty point guard has managed to improve during each and every season of his still-young NBA career, and the early goings of the 2012-13 campaign have proved to be no exception.
Although Brandon Jennings is scoring at a lesser pace, he's made up for the difference by showing off some snazzy new passing skills. While keeping his turnovers per game steady at 2.2, he's averaging an impressive 7.5 assists per game for the Central Division-leading Milwaukee Bucks.
Kyle Lowry, Toronto Raptors
Kyle Lowry's earth-shattering numbers have declined slightly in his return from a prolonged battle with an ankle injury, but he's still contributing across the board for the Toronto Raptors. Alongside the much-improved DeMar DeRozan, Lowry has become the true sparkplug for this franchise.
With a 26.10 PER through his first seven games and averages of 18.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 6.4 assists, Lowry is making it pretty clear that he's enjoying his escape from the Houston Rockets.
O.J. Mayo, Dallas Mavericks
This shooting guard has apparently enjoyed having a fresh start, as he's excelled as the leading offensive option for the Dallas Mavericks in Dirk Nowitzki's stead.
Averaging 21.5 points on 49-percent shooting from the field, O.J. Mayo has flat-out thrived in the first season of his post-Memphis career. He's been particularly hot from downtown, as he's knocked down a scorching 53.2 percent of his attempts from behind the three-point arc.
Anderson Varejao, Cleveland Cavaliers
We're obviously dealing with a small sample size, but the absence of Kyrie Irving from the Cleveland Cavaliers' lineup hasn't bothered Anderson Varejao's production too much. In the three games since the point guard was injured, Varejao has averaged 13 points, 17 rebounds, three assists and two steals per game.
He's struggled with his scoring efficiency, but that should be expected after his import to the Cleveland offense shot through the roof. As long as he continues to provide constant energy and lead the league in rebounds per game, his value will still be readily apparent.