Los Angeles Clippers 2012-2013 Player Preview: Chris Paul
Today will be a preview on Los Angeles Clippers’ starting point guard Chris Paul. Paul is entering his 2nd season as the Clippers’ point guard and his 8th season overall.
Paul was acquired by the Clippers right before the abbreviated season started last year from the New Orleans Hornets. Since joining the team, CP3 has averaged in the 60 games he’s played; 19.8 points, 9.1 assists, and 3.5 rebounds in 36.4 minutes per game.
CP3 changed the entire outlook of an already up and coming Clippers’ team. They went from being a pretty good team in a tough conference, to being expected to make the playoffs and contend.
CP3 is no doubt in the top 5 point guards in the league. With a career average of 9.8 assists per game, Paul has the ability to get his teammates involved. Being the pure point guard that he is, Paul can make everyone around him better. He has proven to make life easier for the Clippers’ big men, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. However, if he needs to, CP3 can completely take control of a game on any given night.
A slight cause for concern came when Paul injured his thumb on his shooting hand. He had to have surgery on that thumb shortly after he came back from winning the gold in the London Olympics last summer. Fortunately for him and the Clippers, the surgery was done during the off season. He confirms he should be ready to go by the time the season starts.
He told ESPNLosAngeles.com: “Today was the first day they actually allowed me to shoot layups, so today was the best day ever. I hope I get a preseason game in before the season. I probably have to start off the season wearing a brace, but I get to wear the brace less and less. I wear it when I go to sleep, but I’m on track. I go to rehab every single morning at 6:30 a.m.”
2012-2013 Projection: 20.2 PPG, 9.5APG, 3.6RPG
Chris Paul is entering his first full season with the Clippers. This is also a contract year so look for his numbers to slightly increase this season. The fact that he’ll be playing with a brace might hinder his game a little bit at first, but this is only temporary. CP3 will be healthy and in full swing and will be the leader the Clippers need to improve from last season.