If you’ve forgotten how good Chris Paul is, his effort against the Detroit Pistons was a wonderful reminder.
Not only did he surpass the 6000 assist milestone joining the likes of Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, John Stockton, and others as one of the few players to tally that many dimes by the 9th year of their career, but he delivered a statistical night that has been a rarity since the 1985-86.
According to Pro Basketball Reference, Chris Paul is the first player to put up at least 25 points, 15 assists, and 6 steals with 2 or less turnovers since… Chris Paul earlier in the season when he posted 34 points, 16 assists, 6 steals and 1 turnover in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers in December. Outside of Paul, the only two players to post that stat line since ’85 were Hall of Fame point guards in Gary Payton and Isiah Thomas.
Another statistic to point out is that, for the first time since December 14, Paul made multiple three-pointers in a game, making 3 against the Pistons. Oddly, in 51 appearances on the season, Paul has only made multiple three-pointers in 12 games this season. His decline from behind the arc is very peculiar, but a performance like this is nice to see every once in a while.
Tonight the Clippers take on the Milwaukee Bucks, so expect another top notch game from Chris Paul. While he may not put up the statistical dominance that was seen against the Pistons due to the game likely being non-competitive by half-time, he’ll control the game like he always does.