New Orleans Hornets' Chris Paul Takes Torch from Jason Kidd

Eric FisherCorrespondent IApril 30, 2008

We watched the New Orleans Hornets absolutely DUMP the Dallas Mavericks in five relatively painless games and saw something that we won't soon forget. 

Chris Paul ending all of the "Best Young Point Guard" talk while making his case for "Best Point Guard Period.” 

Not to diminish the accomplishments of the rest of the New Orleans’ players (West, Pargo, Chandler, and Stojakovic all were excellent), but it all ran through CP3.

He was a beast.  Defending, quarterbacking the fast break, and displaying his uncanny ability to find the open man. For a quick look at Paul's dominance, let's have a look at the stats.

In the five-game series, Jason Kidd averaged about nine pts (8.6) and seven assists (6.8).

And Paul? He averaged about 25 points (24.6) and 12 assists per game, not to mention an invaluable two steals per game.

After watching Kidd essentially melt down in the fourth quarter of game four and attempt to perform a facebuster on Jannero Pargo, it was clear that Paul was well on his way. 

He was on his way to not only out-performing the perennial all-star, but out-classing him as a man as well.

Kidd shouldn't hang his head about the losses as much as his own behavior. Paul left him behind in the dirt, stealing the proverbial torch from Kidd just like so many of his signature plays.

Paul probably dished it to an open man at the other end.