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Chris Paul’s ability to impact the game in a variety of ways has helped the Los Angeles Clippers get off to a good start to their 2013-2014 season.
Paul has had a monstrous stat line so far. Throughout ten games, Paul is averaging 19.6 points and a league-leading 12.8 assists per game.
Paul doesn’t just shine on the offensive side of the ball. He locks up on defense as well. He is 2nd in the entire NBA in steals per game with 2.9 pilfers per contest.
Another way in which Paul impacts the game is his work on the boards. Paul is only 6’0″(if that) and 175 pounds but he doesn’t let his small stature stop him from towering over big guys for rebounds. By averaging 4.8 rebounds, Paul is among the top rebounding guards in the league.
Big men get a lot of credit for averaging double-doubles but sometimes guards are forgotten about in this sense. Paul is a testament to that. All of those jaw-dropping alley-oop lobs to Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are not just for show ladies and gentlemen. Those pinpoint passes are making Paul look like a heck of a floor general. Paul has racked up a double-double in all ten games that the Clippers have played this year. When Paul hits the floor, fans might as well expect a nice mix of scoring and passing from this guy. A performance of 42 points and 15 assists in a 126-115 win over the Golden State Warriors in late October and his 17 assists in a 137-118 convincing victory over the Houston Rockets earlier this month, show that Paul is a man on a mission every time that he touches the hardwood.
What’s Next for Lob City and Paul?
The Clippers are arguably the most exciting team to watch for many fans and followers of the NBA. A lot of the franchise’s recent success is due to the consistent play of Paul. They’ve acquired a seasoned coach in Doc Rivers. They have a galore of shooters and a few high-flyers that Paul is meshing well with. Could they make a run for the championship or will this be another stunning season that ends in heartbreak for the Clippers? That is something that fans will be able to tell down the road but for now, it is safe to say that Paul will do everything that he can to keep the Clippers on the right track. As of now, the Clippers are 7-3 and atop the Pacific Division and Paul has undoubtedly played a huge part in the success of the Clippers.