The 2012-13 NBA season has finally started to kick into full gear, as the contenders are finally putting some distance between themselves and the pretenders. On a smaller scale, the league's biggest stars have played at such a level this year that the talent gap between them and the rest of the world is abundantly clear.
Many are still enduring growing pains as they learn how to mesh with the other talent on their team, but by and large, the Association's finest are playing exceptional basketball.
As we rapidly approach the halfway point of the season, and with the All-Star Game around the corner, now is as good of a time as any to begin the evaluation process. For the purposes of this article, stars who have not yet suited up for their team this year (Derrick Rose and Andrew Bynum, among others) have been omitted.
(Note: All statistics used are accurate as of Jan. 13)