The Los Angeles Clippers are having the best season in franchise history. They’re currently 31-9 and six and a half games ahead of the Warriors in the Pacific Division, but that’s not even the best part–the Clippers are 13 and a half games ahead of their crosstown rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers. Even better for a certain Clipper is his individual season. Los Angeles point guard Chris Paul is having an MVP-caliber season.
Paul is averaging 18.7 points and 9.8 assists per game. Did you get that? He’s almost averaging a double-double this year and he’s not a big man, although he’s also pulling in 4.4 rebounds per game, which is incredible for a 6-foot, 170-pound point guard.
The best part is Paul is making his teammates better, which is the sign of a true valuable player. Clippers forward Blake Griffin is becoming more and more of a star thanks to Paul’s distribution skills and the balanced attack by Los Angeles, which includes role players like DeAndre Jordan, Lamar Odom, Jamal Crawford and Matt Barnes.
Paul has been one of the NBA‘s bright young stars ever since he entered the league, but now he’s taken his game to a new level in its most electrifying city and he doesn’t wear purple and gold, which even further elevates his performance. The guy is literally doing what no other player has done before–turn the Clippers into a contender.
Of course, it remains to be seen what Los Angeles does in the playoffs. The Clippers got swept by the San Antonio Spurs last year in the second round, but they’ll likely have home court advantage through at least the first two rounds this year, so that probably won’t happen again, and it’s mostly because of Paul. If the second half of his season is anything like his first, we might be looking at more than just an MVP award at stake.