Chris Paul opened the season with seven straight 20 point and 10 assist games, breaking a 40-year-old record previously held by Oscar Robertson. With a steal tonight against the Grizzlies, Paul will tie Alvin Robertson’s 20-year-old record of 105 consecutive games with a steal.
Even more impressive is Paul’s ability to control tempo and distribute shots. Paul orchestrates things offensively like few point guards who have come before him, as evidenced by Neil Paine of Basketball-Reference.com. Paine writes that Paul is scoring or assisting on 53.6% of his team’s field goals. Paul’s mark is 5.9% greater than his nearest challenger and .1% higher than Tiny Archibald’s record 53.5%.
While the media focuses on LeBron James and Dwyane Wade’s exploits, Paul has improved upon last year’s MVP caliber season. Paul’s field goal percentage, free throw percentage, rebounds, and assists are up. The Hornets struggled out of the gate, but have regrouped to win eight of their last ten.