Tobias Harris is putting up numbers in Orlando that no Bucks fan could've expected.
Not unlike any other NBA season, this one has been packed with unexpected twists, turns and surprises.
Several players—coming from all different stages of their NBA careers—have emerged from the land of the unknown and stepped into the brightest spotlights in the basketball world.
It's never easy to predict any season's up-and-coming impact players, and these guys have continued to make us look foolish all season long.
Here are the NBA's newest household names that nobody could've predicted on opening night.
Note: Stats via Basketball-Reference and NBA.com.
2012-13 Stats: 12.9 PPG, 10.6 RPG, .567 FG%
Just a year ago, J.J. Hickson's NBA future was uncertain.
On March 19, 2012, Hickson was waived by the Sacramento Kings just 35 games into his tenure with the team.
He was dealt to Sacramento the previous June after being given up on by the Cleveland Cavaliers—the franchise that neglected to deal him to the Phoenix Suns in a proposed deal that would've brought then-Sun Amar'e Stoudemire in as LeBron James' sidekick.
With the Portland Trail Blazers, Hickson finally looks like the player the Cavs hoped he'd mold into. Despite standing at just 6'9", Hickson is Portland's starting center and leading rebounder. He's also the team's most efficient shot-maker at a 56.7 percent clip, while taking its fifth-most attempts per game (9.4).
In three seasons prior to 2012-13, Hickson averaged nine points and 5.8 boards in 21 minutes per contest.
Hickson is making $4 million this season on a one-year pact with Rip City. He likely has a longer-term deal coming his way when he becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer.
2012-13 Stats: 14.1 PPG, 9.2 APG, 4.4 RPG, .436 FG%, .349 3P%
For a former first-round draft selection, Greivis Vasquez's early NBA career was incredibly underwhelming.
After four years at the University of Maryland, Vasquez averaged just six points and four assists over his first two NBA campaigns with the Memphis Grizzlies and New Orleans Hornets.
In his third season as a pro, with the New Orleans backcourt bone-dry of proven talent—Chris Paul and Jarrett Jack departed via trades and Eric Gordon was sidelined with chronic knee issues—the Hornets were desperate for a young guard to fill the role of starting point man.
In his first full season as a starter, Vasquez has posted numbers more than double his previous career averages.
He's third league-wide in assists per contest with 9.2 and is 13th in point guard scoring at 14.1 per game.
According to NBA.com, Vasquez has assisted on 162 of Anthony Davis' 346 total field goals made, which comes out to 46.8 percent—the highest percentage in the NBA of assisted field goals by a single teammate by almost 10 percent.
The 26-year-old is playing for just under $2 million in 2012-13 and is under contract through next year with New Orleans for a slight raise.
2012-13 Stats: 9.9 PPG, 9.6 RPG, .512 FG%
Entering this season, Larry Sanders had started 12 NBA games with the Milwaukee Bucks. In 13.5 minutes per game, he posted numbers of four points, three rebounds and one block per outing.
Seventy games into his third campaign in the Association, Sanders has established himself as one of the league's premier centers at age 24.
Milwaukee's middle man ranks in the top 10 among centers in rebounds at 9.6 (eighth), blocks at 2.9 (first) and double-doubles with 26 (10th). His defensive efficiency of 98.4 comes in seventh among starting centers.
His subpar career PER of 12 prior to this season has jumped to over 19 in 2012-13, which is 15th among starting centers (not including Anderson Varejao, who played just 25 games).
He's played a premier role in the Bucks' road to the playoffs this season, accumulating 6.1 win shares—second on the squad.
Sanders packs one of the highest dollar-for-dollar values in the NBA, making just $1.9 million.
2012-13 Stats (with Orlando): 16.3 PPG, 8.4 RPG, .442 FG%
A first-round draft pick in 2011, Tobias Harris averaged just 11 minutes per contest in 42 games as a rookie.
The 20-year-old didn't receive an increase in burn as a sophomore with the Bucks, and he was dealt to the Orlando Magic at the February trade deadline. After the move down south, however, Harris has finally been enjoying the same success he had as a Tennessee Volunteer.
As one of the Magic's primary scoring options, Harris has averaged 16 points on 14 shots over 23 games, which would rank sixth among sophomores in scoring. He's pulled down over eight rebounds per game as one of Orlando's bigger starters.
Harris is still playing on his rookie contract and is locked up with the Magic through 2016.
2012-13 Stats: 18.8 PPG, 6.5 APG, 3.2 RPG, .428 FG%, .368 3P%
Coming out of Weber State, last year's sixth overall draft pick, Damian Lillard, was unassuming. It was unexpected that he would mirror—let alone improve—his college averages immediately upon entering the NBA.
At Weber State, Lillard averaged 18.6 points and 3.5 assists on 45-percent shooting.
As the Portland Trail Blazers' starting point man, Lillard leads all rookies in scoring by over four points and is the favorite to take home Rookie of the Year honors.
He's second in Blazers scoring to LaMarcus Aldridge and is sixth in PER among rookies. His assist total of 6.5 is the highest out of all first-year players.
The rookie is only gaining steam as his inaugural NBA season continues. Since the All-Star break, Lillard has averaged 20 points and has shot 41 percent from beyond the arc.
Along with Kyrie Irving and Ricky Rubio, Lillard makes up part of the group of youthful point guards ushering in the next generation of NBA basketball.