1. Emeka Okafor. Wow. Larry Brown seems intent on getting the Cat’s money’s worth out of the $72 million man. Oak had another efficiently great game with 21pts on 9-14 shooting while grabbing 9 boards. His throw-down on Brook Lopez in the first quarter was an exciting sign of aggressiveness. The big man topped it all off by swatting a Bobby Simmons runner with under 2 minutes to go in the 4th to effectively kill the Nets late game run. Take a look at Okafor’s numbers for December. 18pts, 11rbs, and 2blks are no joke. If he continues this through January, he’s probably in the hunt for an All-Star spot.