We all know that the best the L has to offer in PG’S come in the form of Steve Nash and Jason Kidd. No argument there. They are soon to retire though, and with that the torch will be passed. Scratch that, the torch is being passed under our very eyes right now. A new day is dawning in the land of NBA point guards. The day’s name is Chris Paul. He is the REAL DEAL, and he will become a perennial All-Star.
Last season was no fluke. I can’t recall any rookie registering a triple-double, no less back-to-back since Kirk Hinrich. Not only did CP3 finish his stellar season with more steals than anyone else in the L, he came in second only to Gerald Wallace in steals per game. Along with being seventh in the league in assists per contest, Paul only averaged 2.3 TO’s per game. He also had 16 points per, came in 23rd in efficiency rating and 15th overall in fantasy ranking. I know he didn’t’ have a whole lot to work with down in NOK, but still, not bad for a rookie. He will make Hornets rookies Cedric Simmons and Hilton Armstrong much better than if they would have been drafted by any other squad. I think Peja had Chris Paul in mind when he signed with NOK, knowing that Paul will find him open shots on the wing.
This summer I had the privilege of attending the Toshiba Vegas Summer League. Like every year it turned out to be a fan-fare, as players were mobbed for autographs and constantly hounded. CP3 was in attendance during the last day on the League, as he sat on the Hornets bench. Though not playing, he was actively involving himself in huddles and time out speeches. Before tip-off I was fortunate enough to talk to Chris Paul. I walked behind the Hornets bench to tell him just how great I thought he was. I echoed the same sentiments Lenny Wilkens said about Paul: He is the best point guard in the L. After I told him “Chris, you are bar-none the best point guard in the league.” He turned around and humbly told me “NO, I am not” hinting that he still had a long ways to go, and that there are better PG’s out there. Well he doesn’t have very long to go, in fact HE HAS ARRIVED AND HIS TIME IS NOW. HE IS THE REAL DEAL
What impresses me the most about Chris Paul is his rebounding ability, as he averaged 5.1 boards per game last year.
Measuring in at 6'0", it made him by far the shortest player to average over five rebounds per game. Kidd (6'4", 7.3 rpg) and Wade (6'4", 5.7 rpg) are the only ones close to him in terms of size-to-rpg ratio.
He outrebounding the likes of:
Carmelo Anthony (6'8", 4.7 rpg), Tayshaun Prince (6'9", 4.2 rpg), and Rashard Lewis (6'10", 5.0 rpg)
and i only mentioned those because of similar Minutes Per Game numbers. He also outrebounded, but didnt equal in terms of play time:
Lorenzo Wright, Radoslav Nesterovic, Vlad Radmonovic, Mark Blount, Jared Jeffries, Francisco Elson, DeSagana Diop, Desmond Mason, Hedo Turkoglu, etc...
dont sleep on felton paul gets overrated by everyone but felton is the better player if you actully watch them.
Felton is lovely but there is nothing overrated about Paul. I dont think Felton could have done what Paul did last year. He singlehandedly carried that team period and against the good teams too. The man will be one of the best. Felton should be a great pro but Paul has that magic that only the greats have. I saw him in a high school all star game and I saw it in him there.