NBA MVP Race: Why New Orleans Hornet Chris Paul Is Ahead of the Rest

Brandon JeffersonContributor IINovember 12, 2010

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The two biggest debates in the NBA are as follows: Who's better, Kobe or LeBron and who's the best point guard in the NBA?

The second question is something that many people have different ideas about. Some say it's the leader of the Utah Jazz, Deron Williams. Others say it's assist crazy Boston Celtic, Rajon Rondo. Yet more people will see the speed and athleticism of players like Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook and John Wall and declare one of them the best. Let's also not forget about those crafty veterans: Steve Nash, Chauncey Billups and Jason Kidd.

However, as of November 12, 2010, the best point guard in the NBA is none other then the New Orleans Hornets general Chris Paul.

Through his team's first seven games, Paul is averaging 17.9 PPG 9.9 APG and 2.4 SPG. He's in the top five of the NBA in both assists and steals. However, the most important stat is that the Hornets are the only remaining undefeated team in the NBA at 7-0.

New Orleans schedule hasn't been easy either; of their seven opponents, four made it to the playoffs last season (San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks [twice] and the Miami Heat).

Looking at Paul's stats, they might be down from his previous three season totals, but Paul is shooting the ball at a career high clip. He has a field goal percentage of 52 and a three point field goal percentage of 44.

Paul has somehow found a way to play even more efficiently and still control the offense for the Hornets.

With the off season addition of Trevor Ariza and improved play from David West and Emeka Okafor, Paul has his squad looking like a playoff caliber team once again.

With his play Paul has shown why he was once thought of as the penciled in answer for the award of best point guard in the NBA.

If he continues to play this well and keep his team in the winners circle, he has a great shot of winning the MVP award that escaped his grasp back in the 2008 campaign.

I believe Chris Paul is both an MVP candidate and the number one point guard in the league because he makes everyone around him better.

For goodness' sake, Emeka Okafor is shooting 73 percent from the field on the season! David West looks like an All-Star again and Monty Williams is looking like a genius as a coach.

After a season full of injuries, and other point guards showing just how good they are in Paul's absence, Chris Paul has came back this season with the purpose of putting his name back atop the point guard world.

To start the season off I would say he has done just that.


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