Numbers don’t lie. Being just the fifth player with 17,000 points, 9,000 assists and 4,000 rebounds is no small feat. Think of all the great players that have played in the NBA.
Oscar Robertson, John Stockton, Jason Kidd and Magic Johnson. That’s it. Those are the only other players to do what Chris Paul has done.
Michael Jordan? Nope. LeBron James? Nope. How about Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird or Allen Iverson? Nope, not them either.
This doesn’t mean Chris Paul is better than all those players, but it does mean that he definitely holds his own against anyone in league history.
For a long period of time, Paul has been considered the best point guard in basketball. He’s a great scorer, stifling defender and amazing playmaker. There’s truly nothing he can’t do on the court and it’s the reason he has sat at the top of the point guard mountain for most of his career.
Even now, as Paul gets older and other guards enter their prime, it’s impossible not to bring up CP3 when talking about the best in the game.
It’s important to remember Paul is only 33 too. Although injuries have slowed him down, there’s clearly still a lot left in the tank as he’s putting together another strong season.
Even if his fantastic career is coming to a close, he’s adding more accolades. No matter what you think about him, there’s no more denying he’s truly one of the greatest of all-time.