Chris Paul to Orlando Puts the Magic on Top of the Eastern Conference

Brandon Ribak@reebokforthreeSenior Writer IJuly 24, 2010

We all know Chris Paul is no LeBron James, but as of late CP3 has turned all eyes onto himself, managing to steal the top NBA headlines. 

Many consider Paul as the best point guard in the NBA and one couldn't agree more with that, but will the super distributor be able to land in one of his preferred destinations before the season begins?

News first broke stating that Paul's first choice would be joining teams with the Knicks, but as we have all learned this offseason, new day, new rumor.

Sources have stated that CP3's new top preferred team is the Orlando Magic.

ESPN's Chris Broussard says that Paul pairing up with Orlando's Dwight Howard would be a much better fit than with Amare Stoudemire in New York.

In addition, the Magic have much more to offer for New Orleans in return.

Let's just say that New Orleans and Orlando come to an agreement in the next week or so and Vince Carter, Jameer Nelson, and a back-up are sent to the Hornets in exchange for Chris Paul and a back-up.

With the Miami Heat quickly emerging as the top favorites to come out of the East after their recent signing acquisitions, does a move in which the leagues top point guard (Chris Paul) pairing up with the leagues top center (Dwight Howard) place the Orlando Magic on top of Miami in the Eastern Conference?

The answer to that question is yes.

Although it's difficult to even process that Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, and Chris Bosh are on the same squad , the super powered Heat still have missing pieces.


The Bench

While Miami has managed to bring in some solid veteran talent to surround their trio , their bench simply does not match up to Orlando's.


The Magic had arguably the league's most productive bench last season , posting an average total of 45.6 points per game.

With the re-signing of sharp-shooter J.J. Reddick, an emerging Ryan Anderson, the big bodied Brandon Bass and Marcin Gortat, Mickael Pietrus, and distributor specialist Chris Duhon, the Magic enter the upcoming season with one of the toughest benches in the NBA.


Chris Paul


The Magic shot the most and made the most three pointers last season. With Chris Paul in command at the one spot (with a career average of 10.0 APG) the guard will be surrounded by plenty of perimeter players who can absolutely light up the trey ball.

While I'm not particularly a big fan of the Magic's recent signing of Quentin Richardson, the shooter did shoot nearly 40.0 percent from beyond the three-point arc last season in Miami.

Paul is one of those rare basketball players that simply makes his teammates better when the ball is in his hands and with Rashard Lewis coming off of a down year, this could be exactly what he needs to resurrect. 


Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard led the league in RPG and BPG last season, ending the year with the most double-doubles and slam dunks in the NBA.

With Howard in the paint, which player on the Miami Heat roster will be able to contain the unstoppable force?

Miami signed Zydrunas Ilgauskas recently and from the looks of things he will probably kick off the season as the teams starting center (we all knew what Dwight posted against Cleveland two seasons ago in the postseason).

Adding Chris Paul to the Orlando Magic's roster clearly increases the teams chances of securing the top spot in the Eastern Conference, ultimately raising the organizations shot at winning their first NBA championship .

Do you think the Magic could beat the Heat for a shot at the NBA Finals if Chris Paul was added to their roster?


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