The Golden State Warriors are playing better basketball than most people imagined they would in 2012-13. Considering the absence of Andrew Bogut and Brandon Rush, the Warriors are playing better basketball than anyone imagined they would.
There are several complex reasons for this, but the biggest is the most simple: Guys are stepping up.
Every player entered the season with perceived roles and certain expectations. Injuries altered these roles, and for the most part, every Golden State Warriors player has responded by outplaying their expectations.
There are exceptions, as the team is not tearing through the league. That being said, let's look at how each player's value to the team—their role and their game—has changed over the season's first month.