Who Won the Clippers-Pelicans Chris Paul Trade in 2011?

By Zach Morrison
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It has been two full seasons since the Los Angeles Clippers acquired All-Star point guard Chris Paul from the New Orleans Pelicans (then known as the Hornets). This season is Paul’s third season with the Clippers, and he has been great with his newest team, but did the Clippers win the 2011 blockbuster deal?

In the trade, the Pelicans sent Paul and two second-round picks to the Clippers in exchange for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu and a 2012 first-round pick. In two and a half seasons with the Clippers, Paul has averaged 18.5 points, 9.8 assists and 2.5 steals per game while shooting 47 percent from the floor and going to the playoffs in his two full seasons with the team.

Gordon, on the other hand, hasn’t had the same good fortunes as Paul. When he is healthy, Gordon is a very productive player. However, he simply isn’t healthy all that often. In his first two and a half seasons with the Hornets/Pelicans, Gordon has played in just 94 games. In those 94 games, he has averaged 16.8 points and 3.3 assists on 42 percent shooting.

Aminu hasn’t quite turned out to be as effective as some had thought when he came out of college, but he is certainly a decent rotation player. In his time with the Pelicans, Aminu has averaged 6.9 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.

In his lone season with the Pelicans, Kaman was decent at center, averaging 13.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.

Based on performance, injuries and playoff appearances, it seems quite clear who the winner of this trade was: the Clippers. Although, it is tough to win a trade that involves trading away an MVP-caliber player, so it is sort of understandable that the Pelicans didn’t make out as well as the Clips in this trade — it sure beat losing Paul to free agency.

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