Chris Paul and his Los Angeles Clippers were bounced early from the NBA Playoffs again, a fact that doesn’t escape critics, who point out that Paul has never played past the second round despite six postseason appearances. And though his playoff career causes some to pause in awarding him any type of legacy, the numbers don’t lie. What the numbers tell us is this: Chris Paul is the National Basketball Association’s best point guard.
Read on to find out more about why CP3 will go down in history as one of the best point guards to ever play the game.
Clippers head coach Doc Rivers recently called Paul perhaps the greatest defensive point guard he’s ever seen, and that’s not praise to be taken lightly.
#Clippers HC Doc Rivers on Chris Paul: “I think he’s the best defender at the point guard I’ve seen–maybe ever”
— 95.7 The GAME (@957thegame) April 25, 2014
In his eight-year NBA career, Paul has been named to five All-Defensive teams and has a sixth likely on the way — no small feat, when you remember that point guards are constantly being screened, getting lots of hits, and having to recover quickly. Paul has also led the league in steals per game for the past six consecutive seasons, and for good reason: “With a strong frame, great lateral quickness and the mentality of a pest, there’s no point guard immune to his harassment,” said D.J. Foster.