Kevin Martin fills the void

The Thunder haven't missed a beat with Kevin Martin replacing James Harden this season. Mark D. Smith/US Presswire

Remember when Jason Terry was viewed as a mindless gunner for an Atlanta Hawks team that couldn't get within shouting distance of 40 wins, let alone a playoff spot? Or when Paul Pierce was thought of as a me-first chucker who chased nothing more than All-Star berths and scoring titles for bad Celtics teams?

Those reputations turned out to be embarrassingly far from the truth, as both Terry and Pierce have played key roles for championship clubs in recent years. They're prime examples of guys who were viewed as selfish scorers on losing teams but who today are viewed as good teammates and champions.

So what besides their teammates changed?

In reality, not much.