Chris Paul averaged 16 points, 7.8 assists, and 2.2 steals per game in his rookie season. Those are ridiculous numbers for a fresh-out-of-school rook. Ever since being drafted fourth overall in the 2005 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets, Paul has been in the argument for the best point guard in the league. It is certainly hard to argue otherwise. I could go on and list out his career accolades and awards, but I will let his highlights do the talking. The ONLY thing Chris Paul is missing from his resume is that coveted Larry O’Brien trophy. Unfortunately, that is how we tend to measure greatness, especially in professional basketball.
CP3 truly became a superstar in his third season, making the All-Star Game for the first time in his career. That year, he ended up averaging 21, 11, and nearly 3.0 steals a game. I could probably write an entire article on why Paul has been one of the best defenders in the league since he entered, but I will save that for another time. Let’s stay focused on his offensive ability. I remember watching CP3 at young age in awe, idolizing how well he got his teammates involved. He is probably one of the most unselfish players in the league. At times–Doc Rivers would probably agree–CP3 isn’t selfish enough. He has one of the prettiest shots and can out-dribble anyone in the league. (And his kicks are pretty dope, too.)
His Clippers came through with a Game 7 win in the series of the playoffs so far, beating the Spurs in the first round on a Paul banker in the closing seconds. There is a solid chance now that the Clips can makes it to the Finals and for CP3 and his legacy, there’s a lot on the line. Obviously, they need to get past the Warriors–most likely, if they beat Houston–who have the guy who won the MVP award over CP3. However, scroll through the article here and you’ll realize why CP3 is still the best point guard in the league, even as he turns the big 3-0 today.
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