NBA All-Star Game 2013: Chris Paul Proves He's Best All-Around PG

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IFebruary 18, 2013

Feb 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Western Conference guard Chris Paul (3) of the Los Angeles Clippers is awarded the MVP trophy for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

After witnessing Chris Paul's brilliant MVP-winning All-Star Game performance on Sunday, it's clear he's the best all-around point guard in the NBA right now.

Paul logged just 27 minutes on the court on Sunday night, scoring 20 points while dishing out 15 assists and tallying four steals. Those are incredible numbers for an entire game, yet he barely played half the game on Sunday.

In fact, his dominant performance against the NBA's best players made me wonder how prolific a scorer he could be if he wasn't always looking to get his teammates involved in the offense.

The point guard has dished at least 10 assists in 21 of his 44 starts this season, and he's averaging 14.0 assists per 48 minutes—the highest total of any active player in the league.

What's so impressive about his game is that Paul can beat you outside, inside and everywhere in between as a shooter, too. For the season, he's averaging 16.6 points per game, shooting 48.2 percent from the field, 35.3 percent from behind the arc and 88.4 percent from the free-throw line.

Paul is a brilliant ball-handler and passer, but given his talents as a scorer, it's obvious he could be scoring more points every night if he wasn't such an unselfish player (the nerve, right?).

Where Paul truly shines, though, and what truly sets him apart from the other top point guards in the NBA, is his ability to lock down the perimeter as a defender, get into passing lanes and make critical steals.

He easily leads the NBA in this department, tallying a mind-boggling 2.59 steals per game.

Here's a quick look at how Paul matches up against other top point guards in the league:

Chris Paul 16.6 9.6 3.4 2.6 2.1
Tony Parker 20.8 7.6 3.0 0.9 2.5
Kyrie Irving 23.5 5.5 3.7 1.7 3.3
Russell Westbrook 22.6 8.1 5.1 1.9 3.6
Stephen Curry 21.0 6.6 4.0 1.6 2.8


One player not included in this argument is Rajon Rondo, who is out for the season with a torn ACL. Rondo is terrific when healthy—especially on defense and as a passer—but he doesn't hold a candle to Paul when it comes to pure shooting.

Paul's All-Star Game performance was brilliant, but all it really did was highlight what was already the truth: He's the best all-around point guard in the NBA.


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