The five NBA stars who have exceeded all expectations in 2012-13 includes a group of players we certainly expected to be good this season.
We just didn't expect they'd be this good.
Three of the NBA's top five scorers are included in this group, along with two of its top five rebounders.
One of these stars is a future Hall of Famer who is shooting a career-best percentage from the field. Another is a player maximizing his first opportunity as a primary scoring option in the NBA.
This group also includes a one-time All-Star who has taken his team to unprecedented heights. It's rounded out by an aging forward returning from injury and an MVP-caliber talent who's elevated his team into a title contender.
Statistics and records accurate through Dec. 26, 2012.