Five most surprising starts

Varejao, Redick, Mayo among unfamiliar names putting up big numbers

Updated: November 8, 2012, 5:39 PM ET
By Chris Broussard | ESPN the Magazine
Anderson VarejaoDavid Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images)Cleaning the boards like a vacuum, Anderson Varejao is off to a surprisingly strong start.

Of course it's early, and anyone who makes season-long proclamations based on one or two weeks of basketball is being reckless. That said, there have been some interesting developments so far; and not just in New York and Los Angeles.

Just as the surprisingly undefeated New York Knicks have started hot as a team, there are individuals who have stunned us with their unusually strong play. Of course, James Harden probably tops the list for many, averaging a league-best 30 points over his first four games. However, here are five other guys you might not have thought of who've been surprisingly great over the first few games of the season.

The question is, how long can they keep up this pace?


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