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Chris Paul or Deron Williams: Who's the Better Point Guard?
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I know exactly what most of you are thinking, "Why would someone even bother to waste their time on such an obvious answer?" 

Since both were drafted in the 2005 Draft, their stats have been almost identical even though the edge is always given to Chris Paul over D Will.  

When the Utah Jazz picked Deron Williams with the third overall pick some people quickly became skeptical.

The reason for the skeptics was eventual fourth overall pick. The young, fast, and flashy point guard from Wake Forest, Chris Paul.

In Paul's only two years at Wake he was named ACC and National Freshman of the year.

He also finished near the top of almost every offensive category at a school whose alums include Josh Howard and Timmy Duncan.

Deron Williams' career at Illinois was nothing short of spectacular.

During his junior season, Williams averaged 12 points per game to go along with seven assists. I know these numbers aren't "scary good" these days, but he did enough to lead his Illini to the National Championship game where they fell to a potent Tar Heel team. He was also named All Big Ten and was a consensus Second Team All-American.

Between the two it was clear that Paul had more of an instant impact as a rookie.

In his first season in "The League", Paul put up 16.1 points, dished out 7.8 assists, and grabbed 5.1 rebounds per game. "CP3" led all rookies in countless categories, including points, assists, steals and minutes.

Paul was later voted the NBA Rookie of the Year, but missed being a unanimous winner by only one vote. And Guess who got that one vote?  

That's right Deron Williams.

To say that Williams had a disappointing rookie season would be very unrealistic.

But if you compare Williams' stats to those of Paul's it is not difficult to be deceived. Even though Williams started the season on the bench, he quickly gained the role as the starting point guard, and finished the year as one of the top rookies in the league.

Though Williams' average of 10 points and five assists per game were not enough to get him Rookie of the Year honors, He was rewarded by earning a spot on the NBA All-Rookie Team.

If you look at a comparison of the two point guards head-to-head, not even the biggest Hornets fan could say that Deron Williams hasn't owned Chris Paul.

In the 14 career meetings between Deron Williams and Chris Paul, "D Will" has come out victorious in 11 of them.

This includes a game in which Williams' Illini squad dismantled Paul's then No. 1 Wake Forest team 91-73, in the game that began the rivalry between the players.

Not to mention Williams' victory over Paul in the 2008 All-Star Skill Challenge.

Over the last 3 years Williams has averaged 18.1 points per game to go along with 10.2 assists a game. Compared to Paul's average of 20.4 ppg to go with 10.4 assists.

Over these three years Chris Paul has twice been named an NBA All-Star.

While Deron Williams has been snubbed at least that many times.

If you look at the playoff careers of Williams and Paul it appears Williams has a slight edge.

In Paul's stint with New Orleans, the Hornets' best season was clearly the 2007-08 campaign.

In that season Paul lead his Hornets to a first-round series victory over the Dallas Mavericks, only to lose a heartbreaking seven-game series against the Spurs.

Also in that season Paul led New Orleans to a franchise best record of 56-26.

Utah's best season, since drafting Deron Williams, came in the 2006-07 season.

Williams helped Utah end their three-year playoff drought by leading them to first and second round series wins over Houston and Golden State, though they later fell to the Spurs in the Conference Finals.

So after all the comparison, Who really is the better of the two Point Guard's?

 

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