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In alphabetical order:
Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers
Sure, Andrew Bynum may never play a game as a Sixer due to injuries in both knees, but hey, at least Holiday hasn't been a giant waste of money, right?
Holiday's been anything but, in fact. He dropped a career-high 33 points and 13 assists in a Sixers win against the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 25 and has averaged a career-high 18.6 points and 9.2 assists on the season. Throw in his career-high 41.3 percent shooting from three-point range, and suddenly, Holiday is starting to look like a steal at only $10 million per year.
O.J. Mayo, Dallas Mavericks
The Mavericks may be sans Dirk Nowitzki until mid-December, but Mayo has done his part to make up for Nowitzki's absence. He's shooting an eye-popping 53.2 percent from downtown, knocking down three of his 5.6 three-point attempts per game, and has been hitting a career-high 49 percent of his baskets from the floor.
Mayo doesn't contribute much besides scoring—he's averaging only 3.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.2 blocks through 14 games—but he's largely been responsible for keeping the Dallas Mavericks afloat in the Western Conference and deserves some recognition for doing so.
Zach Randolph, Memphis Grizzlies
Zach Randolph has been a rebounding machine in 2012-13, yanking down 13.6 boards per game, which suggests that he's finally healed from the torn MCL he suffered back in January of 2012.
He posted a double-double in each of the Grizzlies' first 11 games in 2012-13, averaging 16.7 points per game on 46.8 percent shooting, before seeing that streak get snapped on Nov. 26 with 19 points and eight boards against Cleveland. Memphis would presumably like to see him bump that shooting percentage into the low-50s, but he's holding his own from the free-throw line (especially for a big man), averaging 74.1 percent shooting on 4.8 free-throw attempts per game.
Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
Rondo's superlative play in the early part of the 2012-13 season has done wonders to draw focus away from how surprisingly mediocre the Celtics have been.
Rondo's averaging a career-high and league-leading 13.7 assists per game and, behind LeBron James, may be the most potent triple-double threat in the league. He fell one rebound shy of a triple-double against the Orlando Magic on Nov. 25.
Free throws remain a glaring weakness; he's only averaging 2.4 free-throw attempts per game, knocking down a paltry 61.3 percent of those tries.
Anderson Varejao, Cleveland Cavaliers
Since Kyrie Irving, the Cavaliers' most logical MVP candidate, is being forced to miss a month worth of games due to a fractured finger, Anderson Varejao deserves some credit for what he's been doing to keep the Cavs competitive.
Varejao leads the league with 14.1 rebounds per game, and he's chipped in 14 points, 3.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.3 blocks per game, too. He also came perilously close to posting one of the most surprising 40-20 nights in NBA history, falling five points and two rebounds short against the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 13.