Chris Paul’s Historic Start to the Season Screams MVP
What Chris Paul has been able to do to start the 2013 season has been nothing short of amazing. In fact, it is on the brink of record-breaking. Having averaged 19.5 points and 12.6 assists through his first 11 games, Paul has now had a double-double in all 11 of those games, tying Magic Johnson’s all-time record for most point/assists double-doubles to start a season.
Congrats to my friend @CP3 on tying my record for 11 straight games with a double-double to start a season!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) November 19, 2013
Wednesday night, he may have a chance to break that record as his Los Angeles Clippers take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. Paul, with or without the record though, has been flat out amazing to begin this year. Under Doc Rivers, he’s had his best start to a season yet and if his current stats stay, he’d finish the year with a career high in assists. Back in the 2007-2008 campaign he finished averaging 11.6 per game.
Paul hasn’t just led the way by scoring and assisting though. He’s also averaged 5.2 rebounds and 2.6 steals. The guy is doing it all. He’s exactly what the Clippers need him to be in order to contend for a championship. More so, it’s exactly what he needs to be doing in order to be considered heavily for an MVP in 2013.
So far, I think he’s more than deserving of that honor. It’ll be tough down the stretch with guys like LeBron James and Kevin Durant in the discussion. Even Paul George has looked like the best player in basketball at times. Above all though, Paul’s averaging a double-double is probably the most impressive stat line out of all of them. If the season ended right now after a mere 11 games, Paul would have to be handed the trophy without question.