The Houston Rockets have been picked by some to win the NBA‘s Western Conference due to the addition of Dwight Howard, but against the Los Angeles Clippers they just couldn’t score enough points. Once again point guard Chris Paul was the star of the show with 23 points and 17 assists. The Rockets’ defense had no answer for his passing ability and J.J. Reddick’s shooting.
In the last three games, Paul has scored 42 points, 26 points and 23 points and has at least 10 assists in all but one of LA’s first five games. That’s 55 total assists in the first five games of the season, which is ridiculous with the all around talent in the current NBA era. So far in this young NBA season Paul has been the best and most exciting player.
MVP favorites LeBron James and Kevin Durant have had good seasons but not the prolific offensive performances that Paul has had so far. If Paul continues to get better as the season progresses, he could easily have one of the greatest seasons for a point guard in NBA history; the offense around him is just that good. If MVP voting was done today, Paul would win by a landslide. However, Paul’s success will only be satisfying to him if the Clippers can ultimately go to the 2014 NBA Finals.
Hopefully the Clippers’ defense can step up and match the effort that LA puts up on offense because if they don’t, the Clippers won’t make it past the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Defense wins championships, and I’m not so sure that LA’s defense is championship ready. Look for Paul to get even better as the season progresses and, not only lead the Clippers to a top four seed in the Western Conference Playoffs, but get into the discussion for the NBA’s MVP.