For every popular NBA superstar ruling the headlines, there's a crucial performer flying under the radar.
There are a handful of small-market players who are excelling early in the 2013-14 campaign but haven't received much attention yet.
Get on board, because these competitors are worth watching.
An Eastern Conference shooting guard is closing in on a highly esteemed record, while a couple Western Conference forwards are thriving on both ends of the floor. A couple second-year post players are also making a big on-court impact without much fanfare.
It's time to start tuning into these dark-horse ballers as they tear through the season.
*Individual statistics accurate as of 11/14/13. Advanced metrics accurate as of 11/13/13.