July 8, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Team USA guard James Harden, guard Chris Paul, guard Kevin Durant and forward LeBron James during practice at the UNLV Mendenhall Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

#NBARank Chris Paul Comes in 3rd Behind James and Durant

Repetition is the key.

For the second year in a row, Chris Paul has been voted third in ESPN’s #NBARank.

The odds of Paul moving up are extremely rare with Kevin Durant and Lebron James ahead of him, both whom probably won’t be declining anytime soon. But him remaining in the number three spot with all the young gunners and more accomplished players behind him (Derrick Rose, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Tony Parker, etc.), it says a lot of CP3 as a player.

We have to remember that this list isn’t a show of evidence in who is better than who (though many would consider Paul the third best in the NBA). If so then the list’s construction would be rated poorly. A panel of ESPN analysts, writers, bloggers, etc. ranked the 500 best players based on how they would perform this season. For example, it’s why Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant ranked 25th on the list coming off his achilles injury and Kyrie Irving is ahead of Derrick Rose or Tony Parker.

Coming off a season where he averaged 16.9 points, 9.7 assists and 2.4 steals a game, it’s fair to think he’ll perform the third best in the NBA. With Doc Rivers in the fray, Paul’s minutes will jump back to his usual 36 per game and he’ll be the driving force behind one of the best teams and offenses in the NBA. As usual don’t expect a lot of points from the 9th year guard and pay attention to the way he commands his offense and leads his team.

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