At its most fundamental level, basketball is a team game, but the 2013-14 NBA season has seen a number of individuals get off to a blazing hot start.
For some of these players, the heat will ultimately cool by the year's end. Evan Turner, for example, is having his best season to date, but like the Philadelphia 76ers as a whole, his season should be long forgotten when the year comes to a close.
Other players are off to strong starts on the surface, but quite frankly, we know they can play better. James Harden, for instance, is averaging 24.9 points, 5.1 assists and 4.6 rebounds through eight games, but his three-point shot looks awful, as he's making a career-low 27.6 percent on a career-high 7.3 attempts.
Then, of course, there's the studs who are in it for the long haul. You'd better believe the Kevin Durants and Chris Pauls of the league make this list, but there's a few standouts you may not have expected along the way as well.
Expectations certainly play a role in determining who starts the year hot, but when it comes down to it, it's all about producing at the highest level.
*Players are listed in alphabetical order by last name. All stats through Nov. 12