Chris Paul Finishes 4th in MVP Race


July 9, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Team USA guard Chris Paul and forward LeBron James during practice at the UNLV Mendenhall Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Luckily for Chris Paul, MVP votes aren’t based off of the playoffs.

But after a great season, leading the Los Angeles Clippers to their best record in franchise history and being one of the ten best individuals during the 2012-13 season, voters placed Chris Paul 4th in MVP rankings behind Lebron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony.

Paul received two second-place votes, 27 third-place votes, 39 fourth-place votes and 23 fifth-place votes for a total of 289 points.

The stat line for Paul on the season goes as said:

16.9 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 9.7 APG, 2.4 SPG, .481 FG%, .328 3P%, 26.4 PER, 46.5 AST%, 13.9 Win Shares

This probably doesn’t make the top-5 seasons in his career, but he carried a load from the first game of the season until the last game of the playoffs considering the team didn’t run much of an offense throughout the season.

Since joining the league in 2007-08, this is Chris Pauls’ fourth time finishing in the top-5 of MVP voting with his highest being second place during the 2008-2009 season.

Here is how the rest of the MVP rankings panned out:

 

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