Kyle Lowry has shown that it is possible to elevate all the right aspects in the business of putting a player's career first without sacrificing loyalty and contribution to the team.
Nikola Vucevic does everything well, just a shade less well, and a few shades less engagingly than his peers.
At the edge of NBA relevance, all Isaiah Thomas can do now is fight like hell to hold down a job. And he'll forever be aggrieved about what he didn't get.
LeBron James had a grand vision for himself when he chose the Lakers, but that got in the way of the day-to-day.
As everyone rightfully paid attention to the absolute insanity of the must-see James Harden watch-a-thon, it was guys like Kenneth Faried and Austin Rivers arriving in the night and immediately revitalizing a team that needed it badly.