With Monday's 13-assist, zero-turnover performance against the New Orleans Pelicans, Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul became the second player since '1977-78 to produce three consecutive games with 12 or more assists and one or fewer turnovers. Paul joins retired 5'3" point guard Muggsy Bogues, who played for four NBA teams and is best known as the shortest player in league history.
Bogues, while not of Paul's caliber, was a fine player in his own right, as he holds the Hornets/Pelicans franchise records for minutes played (19,768), assists (5,557) and steals (1,067). Of course, the diminutive retired point guard can't hold a candle to Paul, who actually ranks second in Hornets/Pelicans history with both 4,228 assists and 1,010 steals.
Paul played his first six seasons with the New Orleans Hornets before joining the Los Angeles Clippers in a highly publicized trade before the 2011-12 season. Bogues was with the Charlotte Hornets for nine-plus seasons, from the team's inception in 1988-89 through the beginning of the 1997-98 campaign.
In between the two point guards' careers, the Hornets moved from Charlotte to New Orleans for the 2002-03 season. Hurricane Katrina resulted in yet another change, as the franchise was forced to shift its operations to Oklahoma City for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. During that two-season period, the team was officially known as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, before returning to Louisiana for the 2007-08 campaign.
The Hornets didn't last long upon returning, however, as the team was renamed the New Orleans Pelicans starting this season. Luckily for fans of vicious insects, the Charlotte Bobcats are changing their name to the "Charlotte Hornets" after this season.
It looks like the franchises in New Orleans and Charlotte will finally have some much-needed stability. Now, they just need a point guard like Chris Paul.
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