Don’t sleep on CP3

» December 16, 2008 11:03 AM | By Brandon Hoffman

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.


5 Responses to “Don’t sleep on CP3”

  1. Basketballogy Says:

    Great point, Hoff. Thanks for the heads up; we’ll keep an eye on him.

  2. Brandon Hoffman Says:

    Thanks.

    You’ve pointed out CP3’s unsportsmanlike conduct in the past, but I really enjoy watching him play. I like watching great point guards and Paul is as “pure” as they come.

  3. Basketballogy Says:

    Yeah, and I also said that I would probably warm up to him over the summer as I watch him play for Team USA and that has definitely happened. I am an unreserved CP3 fan these days. :-)

  4. Tsunami Says:

    Does it make any sense that when I PLAY basketball I get really emotional and almost downright nasty sometimes, but I can’t STAND NBA players that play that way?

    CP3 is that way – and I want to see him lose so bad because of it.

    He’s a baller – but i still think his hesitation dribble is a travel. :)

    Isn’t it amazing that 3 players are having HISTORIC seasons IN THE SAME SEASON?

    Seriously, D Wade is having one of the best seasons ever, CP3 is having one of the best seasons ever, and LeBron is having an even better season that both of them and is on pace to have statistically the best season of all time. (oh and he’s playing unreal defense)

    I agree with Kenny Smith – the talent in the NBA is really high right now.

  5. Brandon Hoffman Says:

    Basketballogy – Good to hear. Paul is probably my favorite player to watch right now.

    Tsunami – CP3, LeBron, and D. Wade are playing great basketball. It’s still early, but they’ve been the best players in the NBA thus far.

    I think the late 80’s, early 90’s was the greatest era in NBA history. Today’s NBA is fast approaching that caliber of play. I don’t know if we’re there yet, but I think we’ll get there in a year or two.

    There are a few really bad teams, but that’s due to expansion.

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