If he makes it to what would be his eighth (!!) straight finals, which seems very likely, it's a closed case.
With the Golden State Warriors reeling from injuries, Cook has stepped up his game. He can help the Warriors, and himself, with a solid finish to the season.
What we really want is for it to be palatable to watch 300-pound men give each other brain damage each week.
LeBron is still LeBron, but after Game 1 it's hard not to wonder if the Warriors can sweep the postseason.
The sudden and total collapse of the Spurs after Leonard went down was jarring, and instructive.
Dwight Howard was once a unicorn, but now he's just a regular, aging, big man.
Wayne Selden went undrafted last year, and now he's holding his own against the San Antonio Spurs.
Losing Gobert is nothing to dismiss, but the Jazz have the talent and depth to make do without him for now.