Chris Paul has taken a huge gamble by giving up on the Clippers. Los Angeles was the only team able to sign CP3 to a 5-year $200 Million extension. Instead Paul requested a trade that landed him in Houston to join forces with James Harden. Chris Paul is hoping this bold move will have him in better shape to compete for a championship.
Los Angeles Clippers as a whole never seemed to be able to get things together. Doc Rivers was never able to get players the actions they needed to thrive. Blake Griffin and CP3 never seemed to gel positively on the court. Chris was too alpha for Blake. Griffin was too timid to ever demand the respect he deserved on the court. As good as the Clippers were, with multiple 50 win season, Clips were never able to make it to the Western Conference Finals.
Why Chris Paul Has been Unsuccessful to This Point
Trust is the operative word as to why CP3 has not gone far in the playoffs. Chris Paul never trusted Doc Rivers process. Paul never trusted his teammates to get the job done hence his over dribbling. CP3 did not feel he could trust the organization front office to handle free agency and bring in key pieces thus he asked for a trade.
People are sighting the fact that he is short as the reason he is unsuccessful. However, height does not play such a major factor as people think. Mostly Important remember Nate “Tiny” Archibald, Isiah Thomas and Isaiah Thomas have won rings and/or been to the Conference Finals. All players are 6’1″ or shorter. Height does not limit the amount of game one brings to the table.
If Lebron James was 6 feet he would be Chris Paul. CP3 has all the intangibles of Lebron James simply put all the skill but he cannot bring himself to trust his teammates.
Chris Paul and James Harden Win or Lose Together?
James Harden and Chris Paul may be a match made in heaven. Chris Paul has averaged 21.4 points, 9.4 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game for his entire playoff career. James Harden last season in the playoffs averaged 28.5 points, 8.5 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game. The key stat that stands out is both players are high in assists.
Both players have the capability to be make their team better. Rockets have two superstars who can carry a team. Kyrie Irving and Lebron James are living proof a potent one-two punch can get to the NBA Finals and win. Chris Paul is extremely capable of getting to the promised land. Houston Rockets will have to build a supporting cast able to rival the Warriors.
Although, getting the Rockets to the Warriors level is almost impossible Darryl Morey has no choice. Houston has pushed all their chips to the middle of the table as they want to win no matter the cost. Hopefully CP3 and “The Beard” will mimic that sentiment and give 110 percent. Chris Paul has to play on another level as he will be walking into unfamiliar territory. D’antoni offense is predicated on chaos and run and gun. Paul better break out his track shoes.