Welcome back to our weekly ranking of the top 10 NBA superstars.
For the second time in as many weeks, our beloved countdown has been disrupted by injuries. Luckily, there were no season-ending ligament tears of which to speak, though Rajon Rondo is still sorely missed 'round these parts.
The former has missed seven games in a row (and 10 of the Los Angeles Clippers' last 12) with a bone bruise in his knee, while the latter remains day-to-day with a torn labrum, which will require surgery at some point.
These situations, however unfortunate, have forced yours truly to reconsider his criteria for inclusion on this list to an extent. No longer is it all that reasonable or useful to exclude young talents and first-time All-Stars from the fun, especially if they're clearly on their way to league-wide elite status.
I won't tell you which (if any) such rising stars made the cut this week. You'll just have to read on to find out.