CP3 despite not seeing playoff success of any kind has statistically dominated the NBA. Chris Paul is the best point guard to be drafted post 2000 and it isn’t close. His case is hard to argue, individually by the numbers he can go toe-to-toe with any point guard not named Big O or Magic. However the resume leaves some to be desired in terms of winning. It really depends on how you view greatness, and how you view this list.
The fact that Paul is the first point guard on this list, despite never surpassing the second round of the playoffs speaks volumes on the level of his play. He is an elite competitor and the narrative on his failures is overstated and often fabricated. Paul owns the sixth highest playoff player efficiency rating (PER) all time. . . He trails only Michael Jordan, LeBron James, George Mikan, Shaquille O’Neal, and Hakeem Olajuwon (Via basketball-reference.com). Not bad company, to say the least.
Hopefully Paul isn’t doomed to end his career similar to that of fellow point guard great Steve Nash or worse yet the playoff cursed Tracy McGrady, Paul who is only 30 still has time.
Fourth Overall Pick 2005 – New Orleans Hornets
7x All-NBA Defense
All-Star Game MVP
Rookie of the Year
How did the guys rank him?
The Flag Bearer: Justin Rowan and Justin Salkin (28).
The Barn Burner: Jacob Noble, Will Reeve, Matt Drappel, Lang Greene, and Marc Griffin (NR).
How did the other guys rank Paul: James Holas (34), Josh Eberley (39), Shane Young (39), Brian Geltzeiler (40), Adi Joseph (42), Robert Littal (48), and Justin Termine (49).
#42 Thursday, August 27.
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@JoshEberley Should be higher. One of the most complete players there is. Offense, defense, Leadership, clutch performances,etc.
— Hamid (@Hamid_230) August 26, 2015
Best point guard of this generation, will be higher when he retires https://t.co/jNPDQbpwjo
— #NormHive (@DeanlsReal) August 26, 2015
@JoshEberley no way CP3 who's had better teams >> Wilkins, Pierce & Durant who all have more accolades & been further in playoffs
— S0UL ReBeL (@EURO_JAMerican) August 26, 2015
@JoshEberley if leaving CP3 off is getting me so much heat I can't imagine what's gonna happen when they see my LBJ ranking!
— Matt Drappel (@MattyD416) August 26, 2015
#HCHot50 Paul's advanced stats, from PER to Win Shares to VORP, he's actually underrated at this spot. accounting all factors, 43 seems fine
— Mac Moore (@BigMacNoCheez) August 26, 2015
Josh Eberley – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JoshEberley
Jacob Noble – hoopscritic.com / Host of the @PullUpPodcastHC, @JacobNoble_HC
James Holas – hoopscritic.com / BballBreakdown, @SnottieDrippen
Adi Joseph – sportingnews.com, @AdiJoseph
Matt Drappel – sportsnet.ca, @MattyD416
Justin Rowan – fearthesword.com / hoopslounge.com, @Cavsanada
Robert Littal – blacksportsonline.com, @BSO
Shane Young – hoopshabit.com, @YoungNBA
Justin Termine – Sirius XM NBA / cinesport.com host, @TermineRadio
Marc Griffin – hoopslounge.com / sportsnet.ca, @montrealmarc
Lang Greene – basketballinsiders.com, @LangGreene
Justin Salkin – hoopscritic.com / brooklynsbeat.com, @brooklynsbeat
Will Reeve – awfsports.com / Host of the All Weather Fan Podcast, contributor for hoopscritic.com @WillReeveJr
and of course,
Brian Geltzeiler – hoopscritic.com / Sirius XM NBA / the-cauldron.com / 120sports.com, @hoopscritic
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