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Chris Paul Joins Magic Johnson in Elite NBA Point Guard Company to Begin 2013-14

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Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2013

Chris Paul is magic on the basketball court.

No, seriously, he's actually like Magic—Magic Johnson.

After going for 18 points and 11 assists in a 106-102 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, the Los Angeles Clippers point guard joined Magic as only the second player in NBA history to record at least 10 points and 10 assists in each of his first 11 games of the season.

Magic himself congratulated Paul on the feat:

He also predicted that Paul would break the record in his next game:

The floor general has come into this season on a mission. He's dishing out 12.6 dimes a night, which will be a career high if it stands. In fact, should his current season marks hold, he would join Magic, Isiah Thomas and Kevin Johnson as just the fourth player in league history to average at least 19 points and 12 assists over an entire season.

Making history is nothing new for Paul, who entered 2013-14 as one of only four players to average at least 18.5 points and 9.8 assists per game through his first eight seasons, joining Magic, Thomas and Oscar Robertson.

Toiling with the unprecedented is what he does.

Look at how his per-game numbers through his first eight seasons stack up against Magic's:

Paul vs. Magic: The First Eight
PlayerPTSASTSSTLSFG%3P%PERWin Shares
Magic Johnson19.110.92.153.919.123.593.3
Chris Paul18.69.82.447.335.625.5103
Via Basketball-Reference.

You see, putting himself in the same company as Magic and other Hall of Famers has become the norm for Paul. As the league's best point guard, he continues to put up provocative stat lines that meet the benchmarks of NBA legends.

Better still, he has also been able to separate himself from absolutely everyone.

Move over, Magic. You've got company.
Move over, Magic. You've got company.Getty Images/Getty Images

Paul is the only player in Association history to total at least 10,500 points and 5,500 assists through the first 566 games of his career. No one, not even Magic, has accomplished the same feat.

There's a tendency to almost forget how good Paul is. He's spoiled us for so long that we've come to expect double-doubles, game-winning shots and yes, even prodigious stat lines.

Times like these, records like these, remind us of just how dominant he is.

 

All stats in this article were compiled from Basketball-Reference and are accurate as of Nov. 19, 2013.

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