View Full Version : Chris Paul: Early MVP Buzz

11-03-2008, 03:20 PM
The dude is killing it right now. Here's an argument for him as the early MVP candidate so far.

This conversation begins and ends with Chris Paul. The NBA schedulers threw the kitchen sink at him this week (at Golden State on Wednesday, at Phoenix the next night, home for a matchup with LeBron on Saturday). Yet Paul emerged unscathed.

After what seemed like an untoppable season in 2007-08, Paul is looking even better this year. Which is pretty remarkable considering the target that he has on his back now.

Ever since last season, when Paul led the Hornets deep into the playoffs, opponents have definitely been gunning for him. At this point, heís like the Genghis Khan of NBA point guards. He showed dominance and now, out of fear, his enemies throw everything at him in an attempt to slow him down. But itís all in vain; nothing can stop Chris Paul right now. Not Steve Nash. Not LeBron. Not even the injury to Tyson Chandler.

Paul is putting up daunting numbers right now; Isiah-in-his-prime type numbers (21.7 points, 12 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game). But itís not just the numbers that are important, itís the way heís getting them ó and when heís getting them ó that counts the most. What I mean by that is Chris Paul has been a beast in close games.

Last Wednesday, despite being largely overmatched, the Warriors had alligator blood and hung in against the Hornets until the last few minutes of the fourth quarter. But Paul put them down in the fourth with five points and four assists, capping off what had been, to that point, kind of a lackluster game for him.

The same results came the next night when New Orleans matched up against Phoenix. The Suns got a little frisky in the fourth quarter. But just when you thought the Suns might equalize, there was Paul again, hitting four consecutive free throws to ice the game down the stretch.

The third game of the season Ė on Saturday against the Cavs ó was no different. While LeBron was jacking up emergency threes down the stretch, Paul was calmly sealing another Hornets victory with 8 points and 4 assists.

When it comes to the fourth quarter, Paul is not just good, heís predatory; like a starved wolf who smells a rabbit. He doesnít just make the shots that his team needs, he kicks his whole game into a higher gear and creates opportunities for others with his passing skills and his defense. Thatís why, through three games, Paul has been the best player in the NBA. The most unstoppable. The most poised. The most valuable.

Itís no surprise that the Hornets are 3-0. CP3 has been amazing.


11-03-2008, 03:29 PM
No doubt about it, he's been amazing thus far. I guess you could say he has been the best player so far, as Lebron hasn't been playing MVP type basketball and Kobe only needed to in one game because the other 2 were blowouts.

11-03-2008, 03:46 PM
It's way to early for MVP talk, let's see where the teams stand after 40 games or so.

11-03-2008, 05:08 PM
its pretty early but he is doing great

11-03-2008, 05:27 PM
Agreed. ^

11-03-2008, 10:34 PM
CP3 will be in the running all year

He is the best PG in the League right now IMO

11-04-2008, 01:00 AM
CP3 will be in the running all year

He is the best PG in the League right now IMO

def. i just hope he doesnt get injured. IMO he is the ebst in teh league save kobe bryant

11-04-2008, 03:06 AM
wow its been like 3 games of every team..

11-04-2008, 03:13 AM
no duncan talk?

11-04-2008, 03:20 AM
wow its been like 3 games of every team..

they went 7-0 in the preseason too. plus their start has been against strong teams. none had less than 48 wins last season.