Sometimes, the players we don't expect to put up big numbers are the ones who end up making the difference. They may not score a lot of points, but they'll play tough defense from start to finish. Instead of demanding the ball throughout the game, they'll only want it when it's time to sink a clutch shot.
These players end up being the ones the fans talk about right after the game. Sure, the stars played well and may have led the way in terms of offense, but it was the gutsy blue-collar men who made it all possible.
Forget a Blake Griffin dunk. Give me an electrifying night from Jamal Crawford. Let me have a Jeff Green dunk instead of Paul Pierce sinking a key three-pointer.
The first month of 2012-13 season thus far has seen many of these types of players, with whom the fans have fallen in love. Their performances in the box scores may vary, but the overall impact they have on games speaks for itself.
All Statistics Accurate as of Tuesday, Nov. 27