While it is surely a possibility that Chris Paul signs a contract with the Los Angeles Clippers this offseason, there also is a strong scenario in which the elite point guard signs with a new NBA team this summer. Now, a few of the concerns surrounding Paul, like a rather small 6-foot frame, have been there since his rookie year, but a few of his new-found inefficiencies have turned me into a bit of a skeptic.
First and foremost, Paul’s health is a question mark each and every season. In eight years in the league, Paul’s smaller-than-average stature has forced him to the sidelines 85 times — no to mention a 2009-10 season where he played in a mere 45 games with the New Orleans Hornets.
Also, it’s fair to say that his days of being a great perimeter shooter are going by the wayside. His ability to get to the basket remains unparalleled, yet his .32 percent shooting from beyond the arc in 2013 is definitely troublesome, considering it was the worst for Paul since his rookie season.
As a point guard, Paul naturally takes the accolades when his team is playing well and is conversely scrutinized when his club can’t produce. For the ex-Rookie of the Year, the postseason has been a place full of disappointments.
Any team looking to give Paul a max contract should highlight his 13-28 record in the playoffs. He has only advanced to the second round of the playoffs twice with no NBA Finals experience underneath his belt.
Paul has proven time and time again that he is worthy of a lot of money and will contribute mightily to any club that signs him. However, any team looking for his services should understand each of these three downfalls.