The FOXSports.com NBA analyst and former basketball coach categorizes Chris Andersen, Gilbert Arenas, Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, Marcus Camby, Al Harrington, Stephen Jackson, and Brad Miller, among others, as “grossly over-valued, not-so superstars.” Here’s Rosen’s take on Chris Paul:
There’s no doubt that CP3 has always been a truly great passer and has also worked diligently to become a dangerous 3-point shooter. But there are several reasons why he belongs in this dubious category.
- In half-court offenses, he’s a threat to do damage only in screen-and-roll situations, which means that doubling him virtually renders him impotent.
- Because of his diminutive size — listed at 6-feet but closer to 5-foot-10 — he can be easily doubled.
- His defense consists of steals. Period. Which in turn depends mostly on opponents’ mistakes.
- Many opponents simply take the ball to their favorite spot and then shoot over him.
- Even when using a screen-and-roll, he’s not nearly as effective going left as he is going right.
When was the last time that a pipsqueak-sized point guard led his team to an NBA championship? Slater Martin with the St. Louis Hawks in 1958 — which means that while Paul’s Hornets will be a good team, they’ll never be good enough.