Russell Westbrook endured an absurd degree of criticism from the likes of Magic Johnson for his play during the NBA Finals, and it should go without saying that he was hardly the reason the Oklahoma City Thunder came up short against the Miami Heat.
That doesn't mean, however, that the shoot-first point guard was without fault, and it certainly doesn't mean his team would be best-served by a stubborn insistence on refusing to alter his game.
Even the league's very best have to adapt to changing circumstances.
For Westbrook, that still means improved shot-selection and a better understanding of how and when to get his teammates the ball. When you have scorers like Kevin Durant and James Harden at your side, that's essential.
While Westbrook hones his distribution skills in training camp, the rest of the league's stars will have to-do lists of their own. That is, after all, what makes them stars: a willingness to improve and remain ever-so unsatisfied with how they're playing.
Here's a look at what the NBA's best just might be working on despite seeming so close to perfection already.