LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers
The power forward for the Portland Trail Blazers dropped out of this series entirely for a week, but he's back in the honorable mentions section after three double-digit rebounding performances in a row, solid defensive play and a 25-point scoring outburst.
Damian Lillard and Nicolas Batum are pushing him for supremacy on the bench-less Blazers, but the big man holds down that spot this week.
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
It's amazing how much Stephen Curry can accomplish when his ankles actually work like they were designed to.
The sharpshooter has been locked in offensively during the 2012-13 season, but he's also playing more inspired basketball on the defensive end. His matador-like play has kept him from stardom in the past, but he's now allowing a respectable 15.6 PER to opposing point guards, according to 82games.com.
Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets
While Ty Lawson and Andre Iguodala have struggled at times for the Denver Nuggets, Kenneth Faried has established himself as the top performer on the Western Conference contender through the first quarter of the 2012-13 season.
The Manimal never runs out of energy, hustling, crashing the boards and diving for anything and everything at all times. His offensive game needs some more diversity, but the Morehead State product is still averaging an efficient double-double.
Jrue Holiday, Philadelphia 76ers
While the breakout point guard fell back to earth a little bit during the early goings of December, he's still been sensational throughout the season.
Jrue Holiday has been the unquestioned leader on this Andrew Bynum-less Philadelphia 76ers squad, averaging 17.7 points and 9.0 assists per game.
Al Jefferson, Utah Jazz
Al Jefferson is destined to be one of the more underrated players in the league every single year. He just doesn't play a glamorous style of basketball, as fancy footwork doesn't typically show up on SportsCenter.
That doesn't bother Jefferson, who seems to be perfectly content with letting his fundamental excellence show up in his gaudy stat line and the Utah Jazz's record, one that leaves them in contention for a playoff spot in the tough Western Conference.