Chris Paul seems poised to cement his legacy among the NBA’s all-time greats as he looks to lead the Phoenix Suns to their first championship.
Chris Paul has been waiting for his moment his entire career – the opportunity to punctuate an illustrious career with an NBA championship. After falling short many times over the course of his career, Paul has finally broken through and is four wins away from his elusive first NBA title.
Even though Paul is not exactly playing the best basketball of his career, how could you expect that from him at the ripe age of 36, but with how he’s performed in the playoffs thus far, he’s far from done as a star player.
During the 14 games hes’ played in – he missed the first two games of the Western Conference Finals against the LA Clippers due to health and safety protocol – Paul is averaging 18 points, nine assists, and four rebounds per game on 47 percent shooting from the field and 41 percent shooting from 3-point range.
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In the series-clinching game against the Clippers, Paul finished with 41 points and eight assists on 7-8 on 3-pointers. He was everything that the Phoenix Suns needed in the closeout game. In the Western Conference Semifinals closeout game against the Denver Nuggets, Paul logged 37 points and seven assists on 74 percent shooting from the field.
Paul continues to come up big for the Suns in crunch moments and the same will be needed if Paul is going to finish this current playoff run with a ring. Even after somewhat of a setback, which found him in health and safety protocols to start the conference finals, it appears that Paul is ready for the moment.
A moment, a series, that quite possibly could change the dominating narrative in his career.
Chris Paul is one of the greatest point guards to ever play the game
Even without a championship, the argument could be made that Paul is the greatest point guard to ever play the game. Especially accounting for his size and the passion that he plays with, Paul has vastly outperformed his expectations.
In nearly every stop, he’s made his respective teams better and catapults them into winners. In every stop, each team that he’s left has gotten significantly worse. That’s the CP3 effect. He’s a winner (despite not winning a championship as of yet), and carries himself as one of the best leaders the NBA has ever seen.
Paul certainly has his doubters but winning a championship would all but quiet those narratives. A championship is the only element missing from a hall of fame career for Paul. And it’s so close to all coming to fruition.