7. Chris Paul
Chris Paul isn’t called the Point God for nothing. He’s the best passing point guard currently in the NBA, which combined with his ability to shoot from just about anywhere and defend at the highest level makes him one of the better players in the Western Conference.
Paul dished nearly five assists for each turnover he committed last season, which becomes easier when you average 10 assists per game. CP3 also scored 19.5 points per game last season, on 46.2 percent field goal shooting and 37.1 percent three-point shooting.
He also averaged 2.1 steals per game, and only allowed opponents to score 103 points per 100 possessions. Compared to his offensive output of 119 points per 100 possessions, that’s a damn good mark.
Some of the reason Paul is often left out of these conversations might just be fatigue. He’s been so good for so long without actually winning anything of import that fans are a little bored of Chris Paul.
Still, that hasn’t stopped him from being an All-Star for the last nine consecutive seasons. Don’t be surprised to see Paul get a lot more national love if the Clippers actually, finally make their title run this season.
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