Chris Paul did something not done since the 1972-73 NBA season when he scored at least 40 points, dished out 15 assists, and had at least five steals. It was the first such line since statistics were recorded.
Those are eye-popping numbers for the man they call CP3. Paul is asserting himself as the league’s best floor general. He is quite possibly the best leader the game of basketball has seen since the great Jason Kidd.
The Los Angeles Clippers made a ton of additions in the offseason including JJ Redick, Jared Dudley, and heralded head coach Doc Rivers. Despite all this, the Clippers will go as far as Paul takes them.
Paul had to out gun Stephen Curry who had quite the game of his own with the Golden State Warriors. This certainly looks like the year of the point guard, but Paul is simply the cream of the crop among them. Leadership skills aside, he will get you buckets when you need them, find and make his teammates better, and always make the big play in crunch time.
There isn’t a single point guard I would rather start my roster with than Paul. The Clippers are truly a display of fireworks with Paul lobbing up alley oops left and right to the likes of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. While very fun to watch, we all know this isn’t what wins come playoff time.
The Clippers have been a solid team in the West but have yet to make that next step into the elite category. They are showing signs of getting there though. With a Hall of Fame head coach in Rivers and Paul playing at peak performance this just might be the Clippers’ year.