HoopsCritic Hot 50 – #43 Chris Paul

Chris Paul

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.

The Resume:

Fourth Overall Pick 2005 – New Orleans Hornets

8x All-Star

7x All-NBA

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. 

 

Paul and James

 

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Contributors:

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

Links to previous #HCHot50 pages:

HCHot50 Intro / Missed the Cut

#50 Pete Maravich

#49 Dave Cowens

#48 Wes Unseld

#47 Dolph Schayes

#46 Paul Pierce

#45 Kevin Durant

#44 Dominique Wilkins

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