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Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
Don't look now, but over the Golden State Warriors' eight games from Nov. 24 through Dec. 10, Stephen Curry scored at least 20 points in all of them. In four of those eight games, he chipped in double-digit assist totals.
After a rough shooting start in November (43 percent from the field), Curry has been shooting 47.2 percent from the field, 51.2 percent from three-point range and 88.5 percent from the charity stripe in December. If he keeps those averages up and the Warriors keep up their winning ways, he'll rocket up this list in no time.
O.J. Mayo, Dallas Mavericks
Over the first week and a half in December, O.J. Mayo essentially transformed into a mini-James Harden, averaging 24 points, 5.8 rebounds and 4.6 assists over five games.
His league-high 53 shooting average from three-point range (on 5.9 attempts per game) all but screams "unsustainable," but the longer he keeps this up, the harder it becomes to believe it's an anomaly.
Rajon Rondo, Boston Celtics
After serving his two-game suspension for fighting with Kris Humphries of the Brooklyn Nets, Rajon Rondo returned to the Boston Celtics on Dec. 5 and started dishing assists like he never left.
The only game in 2012-13 in which he's played and hasn't posted double-digit assist totals? The game where he fought Humphries and got ejected after only playing 18 minutes.
Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs
Tony Parker posted the first triple-double of his career on Dec. 10, believe it or not, in a 134-126 win over the Houston Rockets.
As the floor general for the team with the league's best record through the first quarter of the season, Parker gets almost automatic MVP consideration. His per-game averages of 18.9 points on 51.3 percent shooting(!), 7.6 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 steals only help his case.
Anderson Varejao, Cleveland Cavaliers
Can a single play make a player MVP-worthy? If so, I submit Anderson Varejao's pump fake that shook Dwight Howard out of his shoes, freeing Varejao to posterize Jordan Hill like there was no tomorrow.
The fact that Varejao is posting a career-high PER of 22.6 along with per-game averages of 14.5 points and a league-leading 15.2 rebounds only bolsters that case, despite the Cleveland Cavaliers' putrid 4-17 record heading into Dec. 11.
Amazingly, Varejao is tied with Carmelo Anthony for seventh in the league in estimated wins added with 3.9, according to ESPN.com's John Hollinger.
Just missed the cut: Al Horford, Atlanta Hawks
Dropped from rankings: Damian Lillard (honorable mention last week)