Originally written December 26, 2012 on TheProBasketballTalk:
How time flies; it seems like the Heat JUST finished steamrolling OKC 4-1 to win LeBron James his 1st ring, yet 2013 is less than a week away. This season has been anything but run-of-the-mill. The New York Knicks have crashed the "League OF Elite" Party, and several players are forcing us to reassess the "star" hierarchy that's been established over time. There's more to the NBA than just numbers, but there ARE some numbers you can't ignore. Numbers such as: 25.6  As in points per game for James Harden. The ex-Thunder is living up to his brand spankin' new $80 million contract, also racking up 4.4 boards and 5.4 assists a night (and shooting a respectable 44.3 %, 35.5% from 3) for the stalwart 14-12 Rockets. All the naysayers who so confidently predicted that The Beard would flop as a leading man in Texas were sorely mistaken. He's taking (and making) big shots and has keyed his team to a few huge wins only 26 games into the season. And t...
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