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Will J.R. Smith, Jeff Teague, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist stay atop Player Rater?

Updated: November 14, 2012, 3:45 PM ET
By Seth Landman | Special to ESPN.com

As usual, the beginning of the season has produced some pretty wild results on the Player Rater (as well as other systems of rating NBA players; would you believe that Jimmer Fredette is in the top five in PER?). Last week, I took a look at players who were outperforming their draft position in ways that seemed to promise a certain amount of permanence. Other players find themselves in situations far more tenuous, either because of external or internal factors (or both). This week, I'll look at ...

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