The week before Christmas has proven to be rather enlightening in the NBA. While a number of teams have staked their claim as true contenders to the throne, others have given us little evidence that they'll be able to recover from a rather lackluster start.
On an individual basis, much of the conversation over the past few days has revolved around several young point guards, most notably Jrue Holiday, Jeremy Lin and Ricky Rubio. All three happen to be on teams with realistic chances at making the playoffs, but each is dealing with a unique set of circumstances that will make the next four months very interesting, to say the least.
Speaking of unique, Joakim Noah is one of the game's most dynamic talents, and his week merits a certain level of attention as well.