When you think of the best point guards in the NBA right now, it’s hard not to think of Chris Paul. The 10-time All-Star has developed into one of the best leaders in the league.
Paul is the definition of a true point guard, and one basketball analyst believes that he deserves the MVP award this season.
Chris Paul has had an impressive 2019-20 season
When Paul joined the Oklahoma City Thunder, some people did not think that the Thunder would make it to the playoffs. The Thunder did have a slow start at the beginning of the season, but were able to make impressive strides toward the middle part of the season and found themselves in the playoff picture. Without Paul on the team, the Thunder aren’t in that position.
At 35, Paul continues to play the point guard position at a high-level. It doesn’t matter what team he plays for. He goes out there and leaves it all on the court. The Thunder needed a leader when Westbrook left, and Paul was the right man for the job. Paul is a floor general and knows how to control the game from the first to last quarter.
During the 2019-20 regular season, Paul averaged 17.6 points, 6.7 assists, and five rebounds in his first season with the Thunder. He also was named to the All-Star team. Not only is Paul a great player, but he’s also a great mentor and teammate. Paul has taken Shai Gilgeous-Alexander under his wing and has helped him a lot. The Thunder have a second coach in Paul, and his knowledge of the game puts the team in a position to win games.
Chris Paul keeping the Thunder’s playoff hopes alive
When the 2020 NBA Playoff began, the Thunder were the No. 5 seed and matched up against the Houston Rockets. While other teams have advanced to the second round, the Thunder and Rockets are still battling in the first round. With the series tied up at 3-3, Paul will look to lead the Thunder to the next round.
The Rockets took a commanding 2-0 lead, but the Thunder answered quickly and won the next two to even up the series. Paul showed up ready to play this series. He leads the team in points and steals during the series. Paul had a big performance in an important Game 6 for the Thunder. In a win or go home game, Paul scored 28 points to lead the Thunder to a 104-100 victory and force a Game 7.
Paul was on a mission in the fourth quarter hitting big shot after big shot, and he was determined to get the win. He has always had that competitive nature to him ever since he entered the league, and now he has a chance to lead the Thunder to a first-round victory over the Rockets.
Rashad Phillips has Chris Paul as his MVP
Rashad Phillips is a basketball analyst and has a big social media presence. He evaluates players and gives his take on who he thinks will have success in the league. One player that he is high on is Chris Paul. In a tweet, Phillips said that Paul is his MVP this year. He went on to talk about how he has turned every franchise that he played for into a winning one.
Looking at Paul’s career, he has done just that. Every team that he has played for, he has helped lead them to the playoffs. Despite not having any titles, Paul’s numbers have been consistent throughout his career, and he continues to dominate the older he gets. Phillips said he doesn’t see any weaknesses in Paul’s game, which is very impressive. As long as Paul is in the league, he will continue to play at a high level.