Originally Posted by pauk
The athleticism, talent, skill... iq... the productions... domination.... on both ends... Your point of view on how you value a player based on championships will completely change if you watch this guy before the age of 28.... He didnt win his first championship because he got better, but because his team got better...
That's spot on.
Some will argue that he got better by becoming a better leader, which can be debatable. But he's had seasons when he was getting tons of assists, his teammates just weren't ready 'mentally' at that point.