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Chris Paul is the prototype of what a point guard is if there was ever a Webster’s definition and picture beside it. Now that he has seemingly gotten his plane ticket out of New Orleans into a possibly restored LA Clippers roster, things have changed drastically for his chances in the 2012 NBA playoffs.
Some may say that the Clippers gave up too much for Paul, but there needs to be a genuine understanding of what CP3 brings to the table.
Blake Griffin is a great athlete and a budding basketball player in the NBA, but with a veteran to conduct his movements, he will be virtually unstoppable. Paul has had to focus on multiple tasks in New Orleans, including scoring.
The load was not solely upon him like it is bearing down on Rose, but to say Paul was carrying the load in N’Orleans would be an understatement.
New Orleans was also in a similar position that Orlando has placed upon Dwight Howard. They were definitely riddled with a shaky start to Paul’s career as the devastation in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina seemed as it may turn out to be everlasting. He has done incredible things off and on the court for the city, but it was long time for him to move on.
All stars have something in common: They want to be surrounded by like-minded, if not equally as talented teammates that will propel them to an NBA Championship. It is a goal shared by all, but can only be achieved by few, which makes the timetable that much shorter.
Chris Paul, one of the most competitive men in the NBA, understood that after six seasons, the Hornets franchise cannot do that for him. He saw a trend gaining steam in the league, so it was time for him to join an organization that has the promising talent and future it takes to make it happen.
Can you blame him? Of course you can, but you shouldn’t.
Now, that he stands beside Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, with a viable backup guard in Chauncey Billups, Paul and the Clippers are true contenders in the NBA playoffs. They outlasted a few high-ranked teams last season without the assistance of a true point guard and CP3 adds at least fifteen wins to their schedule.
The Western Conference is in a bit of an era of reconstruction as well.
The Lakers...well...you know the deal with them. The only star they have is Kobe Bryant.
The Dallas Mavericks are without Tyson Chandler and Caron Butler (who is in fact an LA Clipper, himself). They have also been relieved of JJ Barea, a spunky little man who fueled a lot of Dallas’ offense in both the Lakers and Heat series.
The OKC Thunder squad is attempting to figure out whether or not they can triumph with the athletic, but sketchy decision-making of Russell Westbrook. They are contending, but they are most definitely tripped up occasionally by their youth and inexperience.
New Orleans is out of the question. Portland is rebuilding and recovering from an injury-plagued season. The Denver Nuggets are, for now, without JR Smith and Wilson Chandler, as they are stuck overseas.
The path has been slightly cleared for him to make a solid run with the Clippers. Then again, by giving up Eric Gordon, the Clippers have automatically lost a lot of their scoring potential. Paul is good, but there are still some steps the little brother LA team needs to take to make it all the way.