Originally written November 08, 2012 on TheProBasketballTalk:
The start of each NBA season comes with a bevy of surprises. This year is no exception especially when it comes to non-household names making big noise on the court and in the box scores. Rookies join the fray, certain players are given expanded minutes and sometimes you see a name that makes you say "Who? He had how many points?" Obviously the name James Harden comes to some of your minds as his initial games as a Houston Rocket resulted in about 316,000 points, but Harden was already a star in many minds. Let's explore some of the breakout guys from the first four or five games of this young 2012-13 NBA season and try to determine if they are the real deal or just a temporary temporary tantalizers. Real Deals Damian Lillard - It always helps to be on a team with next to no depth like Lillard is with the Portland Trailblazers, but this kid has come on to the scene and showed true NBA talent right away. Again, playing 40+ minutes some nights inflates his statistic...
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