In the final posting of their Top 100 Players in the NBA, Sports Illustrated ranked Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul number three in the league behind the four-time MVP in Lebron James and three-time scoring champion in Kevin Durant.
Here’s a glimpse of what Rob Mahoney had to say about the superstar point guard:
This spot isn’t quite as iron-clad as the two that follow, but Paul has nonetheless made a rather firm claim to NBA bronze. He’s truly a master of his craft; Paul plays with his finger on the pulse of the game, and impeccably walks the line between scorer and facilitator. He always has a firm grasp of what it is that his team needs, and unlike other, elite guards with high basketball IQ, Paul has both the quickness and skill to provide.
via Top 100 players of 2014: Nos. 10-1 | The Point Forward
While he isn’t as decorated of some of the point guards named before him (Tony Parker – NBA Finals MVP, Russell Westbrook – NBA Finals appearance, Derrick Rose – MVP, etc.), he’s the most well-rounded point guard this league has to offer. Offensively he’s a stud and defensively he’s far from a liability.
He’ll have the best supporting cast of his career along with the best head coach he has been paired with. Hopefully he can combine his overall prowess with some sort of league decoration (MVP, championship ring) this upcoming season.