Los Angeles Clippers Need To Keep Chris Paul

By John Raffel
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

A disappointing postseason has ended for the Los Angeles Clippers, who must now focus on 2013-14. The item on top of the Clippers list is very obvious: keep Chris Paul on the NBA roster.

Paul’s season with the Clippers was one to remember. He actually might be the best player in Los Angeles right now, in all due respect to Kobe Bryant. He was an exciting player to watch and certainly came through for the Clippers. He played no small role in their drive to a divisional title.

In his eighth pro season, Paul averaged nearly 23 points, 4.0 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game. He started all 70 games in which he appeared and averaged 33.4 minutes per game. He did everything he possibly could to make this team a winner.

Although he had a great season, his season numbers are down from his career averages. He has started all 555 games in which he’s appeared and has averaged 36.5 minutes, 18.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 9.98 assists. His playmaking skills remain excellent and keep Paul as one of the league’s most dangerous players. His shooting percentage of 47.3 percent in his career is down slightly from his 48.1 percent clip from his past seasons.

The Clippers can’t kick about Paul’s playoff performances. In six games, he averaged 37.3 minutes, 22.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists. What was very impressive about Paul in the  playoffs was his excellent shooting of 53.3 percent from the floor, 31.6 percent in threes and 89.2 percent from the free-throw line.

There are so many reasons the Clippers should make sure they don’t lose Paul. Take your pick.

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