2. Chris Paul
Chris Paul is the most skilled player at his position. Paul’s natural instincts on the court are second to none and single handily made the league’s laughing stock into a legit threat in the Western Conference. Paul had another season of being an elite passer, almost racking up 10 assists a game. You simply cannot judge Paul off his numbers because anyone who watches him play knows he affects the game every minute he is on the court, on both ends of the floor. It’s going to be interesting where CP3 decides to play for the prime of his career, but there’s no question that Paul was one of the best point guards and players in the league this season.
1. Tony Parker:
Who you taking?
Player A: 16.9 PPG, 9.7 APG, 4.4 RPG, 2.4 STL, 2.3 TO, 48 FG%, 32 3P%, 88 FT%.
Player B: 20.3 PPG, 7.6 APG, 3.0 RPG, .8 STL, 2.6 TO, 52 FG%, 35 3P%, 84 FT%
Player A’s team was eliminated in the playoffs after huge expectations and having the franchise’s best season ever. Player B is going for his 4th championship ring. Everyone wants to crown Paul best point guard in the league, but this season you have to give Tony Parker that title. If you are starting a team and you are taking Paul, that is fine because his skills might be better and he is entering the prime of his career, but we are watching Parker’s prime right now.
Parker’s Spurs get the job done and you don’t hear about them before or after the game. Paul is an elite player and on this pace is a Hall of Famer, but Parker was on top of his game this season. Parker had his best shooting season and passing season of his career, and second best scoring season. Paul might be the better natural skilled player, but Parker’s intangibles and winning ways this season have him on top of this list.
Honorable Mentions: Brandon Jennings, Monta Ellis, Raymond Felton, Kemba Walker, Jrue Holiday Greivis Vasquez