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Although he's already 24 years old, Alexey Shved is in his first year in the NBA out of Russia.
Shved is contributing in a way many believed he wouldn't, averaging 10.8 points and 4.6 assists per game.
Shved's play in place of the injured Ricky Rubio helped stabilize the Minnesota Timberwolves backcourt for November and much of December, and his presence now gives Rick Adelman a talented, unique tandem at point guard.
The Charlotte Bobcats did a fine job of adding talented wings in the 2012 draft, selecting Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in the first round and Jeff Taylor in the second.
Taylor has been just as valuable as Kidd-Gilchrist on the defensive end, if not more so, which is really saying something.
Taylor's size at 6'7", 225 pounds is ideal for guarding stronger, more physical wings, and he's quickly established himself as the team's best perimeter defender.
Selected No. 5 overall in the 2011 NBA draft, Jonas Valanciunas made his debut on this side of the Atlantic in 2012.
Valanciunas hasn't been flashy in 22.4 minutes per night, but he's been steady, averaging 7.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.
Unfortunately, Valanciunas will be out another three to five weeks after suffering a broken finger before the new year.
New York Knicks combo-forward Chris Copeland has been an active body over the past few weeks, playing some small forward and even power forward off the bench.
The undrafted free agent is shooting 49.1 percent from the field and 40.5 percent from beyond the arc, numbers that have contributed to a bump in playing time.
Along with a PER of 17.57, Copeland is averaging 6.7 points per game.
A 35-year-old rookie out of Argentina, Pablo Prigioni has worked with Raymond Felton and Jason Kidd to create a formidable trio of ball-handling guards in the New York Knicks backcourt.
Prigioni is not one to score the ball much, and his average of 3.3 points per game is reflective of that passivity on the offensive end.