What a difference a season makes

Let's look at some early-season surprise players (PER Diem: Nov. 13, 2012)

Originally Published: November 13, 2012
By John Hollinger |
KirilenkoTom Szczerbowski/US PresswireAndrei Kirilenko has stepped up his play in Minnesota with Kevin Love and Ricky Rubio out.

It was just one game, but it was a pretty impressive one for the Minnesota Timberwolves. With five players missing due to injury and a sixth (seemingly indestructible center Nikola Pekovic) joining them by the end, the Wolves somehow left Dallas with a fairly easy road win to improve to 5-2 on the season.