Entering any season, there is always a fair amount of speculation regarding who will win coveted titles such as MVP, Scoring Champion, Rookie of the Year (ROY) and even the NBA Championship at the seasons' end.
The 2010-2011 season was no different. Before we even broke ground on the current season, a blockbuster deal aligned three NBA All-Stars (Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh) in South Beach, and almost instantly, they were speculated to win an NBA Title, many analysts suspected that Kevin Durant would reclaim his throne as the NBA Scoring Champion, and others debated whether John Wall or Blake Griffin would claim the NBA ROY award.
Though the art of the speculation at a season's beginning may be entertaining to listen to and partake in, when it comes down to it, speculation and guessing is just that, speculation and guessing. Therefore, I have decided to put the speculation and guessing aside and have compiled a list of 16 players who, up to this point, have earned their stripes and proven themselves in the league this season. Some of these may surprise you, and others may be pretty obvious. Regardless in my opinion, these 16 players have picked up the phone and dialed in, and most of them haven't shown signs of hanging the phone up anytime soon.