We're into the second month of the 2012-13 NBA season, meaning we're approaching the point where we can effectively gauge the level at which players will be able to produce for the rest of the season.
Because of that, it's also the right time to take a look at which players have been the biggest surprises of the seasons.
There are three categories that allow a player to be considered a surprise.
The first is obvious: guys who played poorly last season, but are now playing well. The other two are a bit harder to identify.
There is the group of guys who played well over the course of the past few seasons but are playing so well right now that their performance is standing out.
Finally, there is a group of players formerly thought to be washed-up who are suddenly producing. They might not be dominating, but the fact that they are contributing is astonishing in its own right.
Note: All stats are accurate as of Dec. 2, 2012.