It's official: The 2012-13 NBA season shall henceforth be remembered as the Year
That LeBron James Blew Away the Competition of the Injured Superstar.
Derrick Rose has yet to play a single minute on account of a torn ACL. The same goes for Andrew Bynum and his chronically problematic knees. Dwight Howard's been himself only in name since undergoing back surgery last April, as was Amar'e Stoudemire in between knee operations and Kevin Love when his shooting hand wasn't trapped in a cast.
Deron Williams has been battling Father Time (and his own feet) since picking the Brooklyn Nets over the Dallas Mavericks, who are only now getting Dirk Nowitzki back into proper shape. Rajon Rondo's knee, Tony Parker's ankle, Pau Gasol's foot and Kyrie Irving's shoulder (and hand and nose and immune system) have all shown up on injury reports over the last few months.
You could say, then, that those who've managed to hang around this particular list are not only great players, but also survivors of an ever-more-rigorous trade. Starting this week, we'll be including each player's stats from the week prior so you can get a better idea of why each guy grades out the way he does from week to week.
So how do our competitors rank now? And which, if any, have been voted off Superstar Island?