NBA Podcast: NBA's Most Surprising X-Factors This Season

Joel C. Cordes@@bballJoelNBA Associate EditorJanuary 11, 2013

Matt Barnes is just one of many pleasant surprises who are changing franchise fortunes this season.
Matt Barnes is just one of many pleasant surprises who are changing franchise fortunes this season.Harry How/Getty Images

Which players have stepped up to become prime variables for their teams this year?

Whereas superstars provide the consistent, baseline stats on a nightly basis, X-factors can turn the tide of a ballgame with their critical production.

Yet, they can also lose it completely by failing to contribute. 

On this episode of Basketball by Association, NBA Assistant Editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes have the list of surprising X-factors who are often deciding the margins and outcomes for their franchises.

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