2. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Bobcats
He played just one game, but he so thoroughly dominated it that the Bobcats really saw all they needed to see. There was no point risking further injury to his knee after he controlled the defense and the tempo of the game in a blowout win over the Kings.
For more on Kidd-Gilchrist's awesome game, read this.
13. Jeff Taylor, Bobcats
Already an elite defender, Taylor is a perfect fit in new coach Mike Dunlap's system. He is extremely quick sliding his feet, and he has great length to contest shots. In a full-court game, Taylor will thrive. He also flashed a pretty good three-point stroke, as well as a nice shot-fake, dribble pull-up game. The shots didn't always go down, but he was making all the right plays. He reminded me a lot of Thabo Sefolosha, except with better three-point capabilities.
1. MVP: Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers
3. STUDS: John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks
6. STUDS: Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards
14. Promising Bigs: Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers
18. Promising Bigs: Miles Plumlee, Indiana Pacers
19. Very Good in Their Role: Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors
26. Developing: Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons
27. Developing: Kendall Marshall, Phoenix Suns
30. Developing: Austin Rivers, New Orleans Hornets
32. The Disappointments: Thomas Robinson, Sacramento Kings
52. Everyone Else: Fab Melo, Boston Celtics