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31-Year-Old    PG    Los Angeles Clippers

2016-17 NBA Stats

PTS

17.8

REB

5.3

AST

9.0

STL

2.6

BLK

0.2

2016-17 NBA ROS Projections

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2016-17 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Paul enjoyed another stellar statistical year in 2015-16, averaging 19.5 points, 10.0 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game while claiming Second-Team All-NBA honors. With Blake Griffin out for much of the season, Paul carried the Clippers to the fourth seed in the W...

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HT: 6' 0"   WT: 175 lbs   DOB: 5/6/1985  College: Wake Forest   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #4 Overall in 2005   Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a five-year, $107 million contract with the Clippers in July 2013.

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Paul registered 17 points (6-11 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT), 13 assists, eight rebounds and one steal across 34 minutes in Friday's 114-96 win over the Pelicans.

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Chris Paul NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2005-06 20 78 36.0 16.1 5.1 7.8 2.2 0.1 0.6 43.0 84.7 2.3 0.8 4.3 2.3 28.2 5.2 12.1 5.1 6.0
2006-07 21 64 36.8 17.3 4.4 8.9 1.8 0.0 0.8 43.7 81.8 2.5 0.8 3.5 2.2 35.0 6.0 13.6 4.6 5.6
2007-08 22 80 37.6 21.1 4.0 11.6 2.7 0.1 1.2 48.8 85.1 2.5 0.8 3.2 3.1 36.9 7.9 16.1 4.2 4.9
2008-09 23 78 38.5 22.8 5.5 11.0 2.8 0.1 0.8 50.3 86.8 3.0 0.9 4.7 2.3 36.4 8.1 16.1 5.8 6.7
2009-10 24 45 38.1 18.7 4.2 10.7 2.1 0.2 1.2 49.3 84.7 2.5 0.4 3.8 2.8 40.9 7.0 14.2 3.6 4.2
2010-11 25 NOP 80 36.0 15.9 4.1 9.8 2.4 0.1 0.9 46.3 87.8 2.2 0.5 3.6 2.3 38.8 5.4 11.6 4.2 4.8
2011-12 26 LAC 60 36.4 19.8 3.6 9.1 2.5 0.1 1.3 47.8 86.1 2.1 0.7 2.9 3.6 37.1 7.1 14.8 4.3 5.0
2012-13 27 LAC 70 33.4 16.9 3.7 9.7 2.4 0.1 1.1 48.1 88.5 2.3 0.8 3.0 3.3 32.8 5.9 12.2 4.1 4.6
2013-14 28 LAC 62 35.0 19.1 4.3 10.7 2.5 0.1 1.3 46.7 85.5 2.3 0.6 3.7 3.4 36.8 6.5 14.0 4.8 5.6
2014-15 29 LAC 82 34.8 19.1 4.6 10.2 1.9 0.2 1.7 48.5 90.0 2.3 0.6 4.0 4.3 39.8 6.9 14.3 3.5 3.9
2015-16 30 LAC 74 32.7 19.5 4.2 10.0 2.1 0.2 1.6 46.2 89.6 2.6 0.5 3.7 4.4 37.1 7.0 15.1 4.0 4.4
2016-17 31 LAC 21 31.3 17.8 5.3 9.0 2.6 0.2 2.1 45.2 90.1 2.2 0.8 4.5 5.2 40.9 5.7 12.5 4.3 4.8
Rest Of Season Projections 31 LAC 60 32.2 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for Chris Paul
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Chris Paul NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 4 34.0 18.0 7.0 9.8 1.5 0.5 2.0 42.4 100.0 2.5 1.8 5.3 6.0 33.3 6.3 14.8 3.5 3.5
Last 14 Days 8 33.0 17.9 5.1 9.8 1.9 0.3 2.1 45.3 96.8 2.9 1.4 3.8 5.6 37.8 6.0 13.3 3.8 3.9
Last 30 Days 17 31.4 17.6 5.2 9.4 2.5 0.3 2.2 45.2 91.1 2.1 0.9 4.2 5.4 40.7 5.6 12.4 4.2 4.6
Last 5 Games 5 33.8 16.0 6.2 10.8 1.4 0.4 1.8 39.7 100.0 3.0 1.4 4.8 5.6 32.1 5.4 13.6 3.4 3.4
Last 10 Games 10 33.1 16.3 5.2 9.6 2.3 0.2 1.9 41.7 88.4 2.8 1.2 4.0 5.5 34.5 5.3 12.7 3.8 4.3
Last 20 Games 20 31.3 17.4 5.4 9.3 2.7 0.3 2.1 45.1 90.4 2.3 0.9 4.5 5.1 41.2 5.5 12.2 4.3 4.7

 

2016-17 NBA Game Log   Chris Paul
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Date Opp MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Dec 2 @NOP 34 17 8 13 1 0 2 6 11 4 4 1 4 2 6 2
Dec 1 @CLE 25 16 6 9 1 0 0 5 11 3 3 3 7 2 4 4
Nov 29 @BKN 45 26 10 13 2 1 4 11 26 0 0 4 7 3 7 2
Nov 27 @IND 32 13 4 4 2 1 4 3 11 7 7 0 6 0 4 1
Nov 25 @DET 33 8 3 15 1 0 5 2 9 3 3 1 4 0 3 4
Nov 23 @DAL 26 18 3 4 4 0 0 6 10 4 4 2 4 1 2 1
Nov 21 TOR 35 26 3 12 2 0 4 8 14 7 7 3 8 0 3 1
Nov 19 CHI 34 19 4 8 2 0 4 7 14 2 3 3 5 3 1 2
Nov 18 @SAC 33 11 9 12 3 0 3 2 10 6 8 1 6 1 8 4
Nov 16 MEM 34 9 2 6 5 0 2 3 11 2 4 1 4 0 2 4
Nov 14 BKN 25 21 4 9 5 0 1 8 11 1 1 4 6 1 3 2
Nov 12 @MIN 32 19 4 8 2 0 4 4 7 8 8 3 4 0 4 2
Nov 11 @OKC 36 17 6 10 1 0 0 5 14 5 5 2 6 0 6 2
Nov 9 POR 23 19 4 7 1 0 1 7 14 2 2 3 6 1 3 2
Nov 7 DET 25 24 6 8 2 1 0 8 10 3 4 5 5 0 6 1
Nov 5 @SAS 29 9 8 10 2 0 1 4 11 1 1 0 1 1 7 2
Nov 4 @MEM 33 27 4 11 6 2 1 6 16 14 15 1 8 1 3 4
Nov 2 OKC 33 15 11 9 6 0 5 4 11 5 6 2 4 1 10 1
Oct 31 PHO 30 24 5 8 2 0 2 8 15 6 7 2 4 0 5 4
Oct 30 UTA 29 9 3 9 4 0 3 3 8 2 2 1 3 0 3 1
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Oct 27 @POR 33 27 5 5 1 0 1 9 19 6 7 3 8 0 5 2
Chris Paul Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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True Shooting Percentage

60.8%

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In 2016-17, Chris Paul has a true shooting percentage of 60.8%.

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Chris Paul NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2005-06 20 78 36.0 16.1 5.1 7.8 2.2 0.1 0.6 43.0 84.7 2.3 0.8 4.3 2.3 28.2 5.2 12.1 5.0 6.0
2006-07 21 64 36.0 16.9 4.3 8.7 1.8 0.0 0.8 43.7 81.8 2.5 0.8 3.5 2.2 35.0 5.8 13.3 4.5 5.5
2007-08 22 80 36.0 20.2 3.8 11.1 2.6 0.0 1.1 48.8 85.1 2.4 0.7 3.1 3.0 36.9 7.5 15.5 4.0 4.7
2008-09 23 78 36.0 21.4 5.2 10.3 2.6 0.1 0.8 50.3 86.8 2.8 0.8 4.4 2.1 36.4 7.6 15.0 5.5 6.3
2009-10 24 45 36.0 17.7 4.0 10.1 2.0 0.2 1.1 49.3 84.7 2.4 0.4 3.6 2.7 40.9 6.6 13.4 3.4 4.0
2010-11 25 NOP 80 36.0 15.9 4.1 9.8 2.4 0.1 0.9 46.3 87.8 2.2 0.5 3.6 2.3 38.8 5.4 11.6 4.2 4.8
2011-12 26 LAC 60 36.0 19.6 3.5 9.0 2.5 0.1 1.3 47.8 86.1 2.0 0.7 2.8 3.5 37.1 7.0 14.7 4.3 5.0
2012-13 27 LAC 70 36.0 18.3 4.0 10.5 2.6 0.2 1.2 48.1 88.5 2.5 0.8 3.2 3.6 32.8 6.4 13.2 4.4 5.0
2013-14 28 LAC 62 36.0 19.6 4.4 11.0 2.6 0.1 1.3 46.7 85.5 2.4 0.6 3.8 3.5 36.8 6.7 14.4 4.9 5.7
2014-15 29 LAC 82 36.0 19.7 4.7 10.6 2.0 0.2 1.8 48.5 90.0 2.4 0.7 4.1 4.4 39.8 7.2 14.7 3.6 4.0
2015-16 30 LAC 74 36.0 21.5 4.6 11.0 2.3 0.2 1.8 46.2 89.6 2.9 0.6 4.0 4.9 37.1 7.7 16.6 4.4 4.9
2016-17 31 LAC 21 36.0 20.5 6.1 10.4 3.0 0.3 2.5 45.2 90.1 2.6 0.9 5.2 6.0 40.9 6.5 14.4 5.0 5.5
Rest Of Season Projections 31 LAC 60 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for Chris Paul
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Chris Paul NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2005-06 20 78 2809 1258 400 611 175 6 50 43.0 84.7 183 61 339 177 28.2 407 947 394 465
2006-07 21 64 2353 1104 280 569 118 3 50 43.7 81.8 161 54 226 143 35.0 381 871 292 357
2007-08 22 80 3006 1684 321 925 217 4 92 48.8 85.1 201 62 259 249 36.9 630 1291 332 390
2008-09 23 78 3002 1781 432 861 216 10 64 50.3 86.8 231 69 363 176 36.4 631 1255 455 524
2009-10 24 45 1713 841 191 480 96 8 52 49.3 84.7 112 20 171 127 40.9 314 637 161 190
2010-11 25 NOP 80 2880 1268 327 782 188 5 71 46.3 87.8 177 38 289 183 38.8 430 928 337 384
2011-12 26 LAC 60 2181 1189 213 543 152 4 79 47.8 86.1 124 42 171 213 37.1 425 890 260 302
2012-13 27 LAC 70 2335 1186 262 678 169 10 76 48.1 88.5 159 53 209 232 32.8 412 856 286 323
2013-14 28 LAC 62 2171 1185 268 663 154 4 78 46.7 85.5 145 38 230 212 36.8 406 870 295 345
2014-15 29 LAC 82 2857 1564 376 838 156 15 139 48.5 90.0 190 52 324 349 39.8 568 1170 289 321
2015-16 30 LAC 74 2420 1446 310 738 152 13 122 46.2 89.6 194 39 271 329 37.1 515 1114 294 328
2016-17 31 LAC 21 658 374 112 190 55 5 45 45.2 90.1 47 17 95 110 40.9 119 263 91 101
Rest Of Season Projections 31 LAC 60 1932 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for Chris Paul
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Chris Paul NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2005-06 20 78 36.0 54.6 45.6 31.4 9.4 3.3 21.2
2006-07 21 64 36.8 53.7 46.6 32.4 9.2 3.5 21.2
2007-08 22 80 37.6 57.6 52.4 35.7 7.8 4.6 27.9
2008-09 23 78 38.5 59.9 52.8 33.4 9.0 3.7 30.5
2009-10 24 45 38.1 58.4 53.4 36.6 8.5 4.3 25.6
2010-11 25 NOP 80 36.0 57.8 50.2 38.0 8.6 4.4 23.1
2011-12 26 LAC 60 36.4 58.1 52.2 32.1 7.3 4.4 24.5
2012-13 27 LAC 70 33.4 59.4 52.6 36.9 8.7 4.3 23.8
2013-14 28 LAC 62 35.0 58.0 51.1 36.2 7.9 4.6 26.0
2014-15 29 LAC 82 34.8 59.6 54.5 35.8 8.1 4.4 25.9
2015-16 30 LAC 74 32.7 57.5 51.7 33.7 8.9 3.8 24.8
2016-17 31 LAC 21 31.3 60.8 53.8 34.9 8.6 4.0 25.5
Rest Of Season Projections 31 LAC 60 32.2 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 rest of season projections for Chris Paul
2016-17 Projections 31 LAC 73 32.5 Subscribe now to see our 2016-17 projections for Chris Paul

Age is determined on November 1st of each season.

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Paul scored 26 points (11-26 FG, 4-7 3Pt) while adding 13 assists, 10 rebounds, two steals and a block in 45 minutes during Tuesday's 127-122 overtime loss to the Nets.

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Paul finished with 26 points (8-14 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 7-7 FT), 12 assists, three rebounds and two steals across 35 minutes in Monday's 123-115 win over the Raptors.

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Paul registered 19 points (7-14 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), eight assists, four rebounds and two steals across 34 minutes in Saturday's 102-95 win over the Bulls.

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Paul delivered 21 points (8-11 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), nine assists, five steals and four rebounds across 25 minutes in Monday's 127-95 win over the Nets.

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Paul tallied 19 points (4-7 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 8-8 FT), eight assists, four rebounds and two steals across 32 minutes in Saturday's 119-105 win over the Timberwolves.

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Paul turned in 24 points (8-10 FG, 5-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), eight assists, six rebounds, two steals and one block across 25 minutes in Monday's 114-82 win over the Pistons.

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Paul provided 27 points (6-16 FG, 1-8 3Pt, 14-15 FT), 11 assists, six steals, four rebounds and two blocks across 33 minutes in Friday's 99-88 win over the Grizzlies.

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Paul recorded 15 points (4-11 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 11 rebounds, nine assists and six steals across 33 minutes in Wednesday's 85-83 loss to the Thunder.

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Paul put up 24 points (8-15 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 6-7 FT), eight assists, five rebounds and two steals across 30 minutes in Monday's 116-98 win over the Suns.

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Paul put up 27 points (9-19 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 6-7 FT), five assists, five rebounds and one steal across 33 minutes in Thursday's 114-106 win over the Trail Blazers.

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Paul (thumb) provided eight points (2-6 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), eight assists, four rebounds and three steals across 26 minutes in Tuesday's 92-89 preseason win over the Kings.

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Paul (thumb) is active and will receive the start at point guard for Tuesday's preseason finale against the Kings, Rowan Kavner of Clippers.com reports.

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2016-17

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2015-16

Following yet another All-Star season, 10-year veteran point guard Paul appears to be one of the top players in the league again this year. For the first time in his career, Paul managed to play all 82 games in the 2014-15 season. This level of durability was refreshing for Paul, who played just 62 games in the previous season and also sat out two 2015 postseason games due to a hamstring injury. Despite his somewhat dubious health, Paul is an absolute fantasy gem who averaged 19.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, a league-leading 10.2 assists, and 1.9 steals in 35 minutes last season. Paul also enjoyed perhaps the most efficient year of his career, shooting 49 percent from the field and improving his free-throw percentage to a career-high 90 percent. While the addition of veteran guard Pablo Prigioni gives the Clippers more depth behind Paul at point guard, his presence should not cut into the superstar's playing time. As long as Paul is able to stay healthy, he will likely be one of the top guards in all fantasy leagues this season.

2014-15

What more can be said about Paul as a fantasy asset? He's firmly locked in as the Clippers' starting point guard, and he has the potential to drop double-digit assists on any night. Last season, he averaged 19.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 10.7 assists, 2.5 steals, and 1.3 three-pointers in 35 minutes per game through 62 games played. Paul is a premier double-double threat. The only concern with Paul is injuries, as he missed 20 games last season. At 29 years old, he should have at least one more elite season in his pocket, and despite the fact that he's missed an average of 16 games over the last two seasons, the fact that he only missed eight games total from 2009-11 shows that Paul can remain healthy for a full season. As has become commonplace over the last eight seasons, Paul will be one of the first point guards off the board in most leagues this season. If you know you have to get assists early in your league, Paul is worth consideration any time after Kevin Durant, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis are off the board.

2013-14

With a fat new contract, a highly-respected new coach and one of the most talented rosters he's ever been a part of, Chris Paul should continue his run as the top point guard in fantasy this season. Paul signed a five-year, $107 million contract to stay with the Clippers over the summer and will quarterback a team that seems poised to make a run at the top of the Western Conference, and maybe the NBA Finals. His scoring average took a slight dip in 2012-13 – he scored under 17 points per game, down from 19.8 in his first year as a Clipper – possibly because he played a bit less on a per-game basis (33 minutes per game versus 36 the previous season). Or maybe his teammates simply picked up the slack – his assists per game jumped from 9.1 to 9.7. He doesn't rebound quite as much as he once did, but he remains among the league leaders in steals (2.4 spg in 2012-13) and shoots a very healthy percentage from the floor for a guard (48 percent in 2012-13). Paul and running buddy Blake Griffin clashed at times over the direction of the Clippers' offense last season, but new coach Doc Rivers has proven to be adept at getting star players on the same page. The addition of shooters like J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley to the rotation should help give CP3 plenty of room to operate this season.

2012-13

The move to Los Angeles didn't phase CP3 one bit. He started his Clipper career the way he ended his run with the Hornets, averaging near a double-double (19.8 points, 9.1 assists per game) nightly. One might have expected to see more assists and less scoring from Paul now that he's running such a talented team and setting up Blake Griffin, arguably the NBA's best finisher. But that isn't the case. Last season's scoring average was Paul's highest in four seasons. Strangely, his assists declined for the fourth consecutive season. He didn't rebound as much as in years past either. Paul’s 3.6 rebounds per game set a new career low. Of course, those declines are minor and offset by the fact that he is better than average in every fantasy category. The larger concern with Paul is injuries. He hasn't missed significant time due to a major injury since he was limited to 45 games in 2009-10, but he seems to suffer more than his share of nagging, minor problems. A hip issue during the playoffs and a thumb problem during Olympic training camp are just the latest examples. It's hard not to worry that these things will catch up with him at some point, or that the Clippers will try to reduce his minutes to protect their investment. Paul is set to hit free agency after this season. Some may see that as a positive, if you're one to believe that contract years impact fantasy performance.

2011-12

Paul’s 2009-10 campaign was disappointing when compared with his ordinarily stellar overall numbers, as he posted a career-low in scoring (15.9 ppg) and rebound (4.1) assist (9.8) shooting percentage (46.3%) and three-point percentage (38.8%) numbers well off his established norms. On the plus side, he was relatively injury-free and able to play in 80 games, a number he’s matched just once in his stellar career. So why the drop-off in production? Probably a combination of issues. As a team, the Hornets played at a slightly slower pace than in 2009-10. He suffered a concussion in March, and while he missed just two games, the effects might have lingered. Other nagging injuries might have slowed him from time to time; bear in mind, he’s reportedly got very little cartilage in his knee at this point. But the biggest concern might have been the lack of talent surrounding him. Paul played the second half of last season without his go-to guy, forward David West. That won't be an issue this year with Paul having Blake Griffin and Caron Butler as running mates as well as Chauncey Billups and strong finisher DeAndre Jordan. Expect Paul to improve on last year's numbers so long as he remains healthy.

2010-11

Paul was right in the mix with LeBron James in the "first overall pick" discussion for the 2009-10 fantasy season, and rightly so. He was coming off two straight seasons of over 20 points, 10 assists, four rebounds and 2.7 steals. But knee and finger injuries limited CP3 to just 45 games played last season - by far his career low - and likely killed quite a few fantasy owners' hopes of finishing in the money. Paul is expected to be fully recovered from both injuries to start the 2010-11 season. Perhaps more importantly, after Paul and his representatives made noise about trying to force a trade from New Orleans, new general manager Dell Demps started re-configuring the roster to better suit Paul's skills by adding Trevor Ariza – and eliminating the "will the Hornets trade Paul and make Darren Collison the starter" question by sending Collison to Indiana. With a speedier roster and his status assured – at least for now – look for Paul to return himself to the ranks of fantasy's best this season. But one note of concern - after last season's knee problems, there's some question as to how much cushioning remains in Paul's left knee. That could leave him vulnerable to additional injury in the future.

2009-10

Fantasy owners just love a 20-and-10 guy. When the “10” is assists, the emotion is something much, much stronger than love. In 2008-09, Paul averaged over 22 points and 11 dimes per game for the second straight season, while improving his rebounding to 5.5 boards per game and grabbing a career-high 2.8 steals per game. And despite being the absolute focus of a Hornets team that was one of the NBA’s most disappointing all year, he protected the ball very well, averaging just three turnovers per game, and has been durable, averaging 79 games played in his last two seasons. The only reason for concern about Paul’s fantasy value: his teammates. The Hornets seemed headed for full-on salary dump mode last season, giving Tyson Chandler away for pennies on the dollar. But they got a mulligan on that deal due to concerns over Chandler’s injury history, and this offseason they’ve shown a commitment to contending in the West by acquiring the long-term contract of Emeka Okafor. Okafor is a better offensive player than Chandler and should help to free up Paul on that end of the floor. All signs point to another excellent season from CP3. He’s on the very short list of players that merit “first overall pick” consideration.

2008-09

Paul easily could have been named MVP last year without anyone thinking Kobe Bryant got robbed. He improved statistically in most fantasy categories and has become the best at the position. Paul’s been a floor leader the moment he stepped out of Wake Forest that makes his teammates better. How else can you explain Tyson Chandler’s spike in offensive production? Paul is very quick and great off the dribble, leading to easy penetration where he’s got Chandler in close, David West anywhere from the low blocks out to mid range and Peja Stojakovic to light it up from long distance. The Hornets shoot 46.6 percent from the field (8th in NBA) and 38.9 percent from 3-point range (3rd) so Paul gets the ball to his mates where they like it. Paul himself improved his field-goal accuracy, knocking down 48.8 percent from the floor and 36.9 percent from 3-point range. Despite initiating the offense every possession, Paul maintains a great handle (11.6/2.5 A/TO), and defensively, he plays well off the ball (2.3 career spg). He’s been pretty healthy other than an issue with his thumb two seasons ago. This is an elite player who should be snapped up within the first five picks of any fantasy draft.

2007-08

No team in the NBA was more disrupted by injuries than the Hornets. The club lost Peja Stojakovic for much of the season and David West missed a long stretch of games. Paul missed time because of an ankle injury then played on a bum foot that eventually required surgery. He’s expected to be ready for training camp and looks primed for a big season if the others are healthy. Even with the injuries and replacement players on the floor, Paul ranked fourth in the league with 8.9 assists per game. Add in Morris Peterson at shooting guard, and Paul should have ample targets inside and outside to increase his fantasy value.

2006-07

Top rookie wasn’t nearly enough for Chris Paul, who rapidly ascended from “dominant player in the draft class of 2005” to “elite NBA point guard” to starter status for Team USA in the World Championships. And to think – he was selected fourth overall. Think Atlanta would like a mulligan on that pick? This year, the conditions are ripe for more of the same – with a premium scorer like Peja Stojakovic on the wing and an active pivot guarding the basket in Tyson Chandler, Paul’s assist totals and steals seem ripe for a healthy increase. But there’s risk – remember that Paul is coming off the longest basketball season of his life, and that he went almost directly from his rookie NBA season into training with Team USA. His body will have very little time to recover before training camp; a slow start to his sophomore season wouldn’t be shocking.

2005-06

Paul may very well be New Orleans’ best player right now -- that’s both a blessing and a curse. It’s a blessing to the Hornets, who netted the elusive Paul in this year’s lottery. Within a year or two, Paul should emerge as a solid scoring point guard with exceptional court vision. It’s a curse to Paul, who probably had more talent surrounding him on last year’s Wake Forest squad. Splitting time with veteran Speedy Claxton, it is possible that Paul might manage numbers similar to what Dan Dickau gave New Orleans last year – 12 points, around five assists, a steal or two. Bump him up a couple of rounds in a keeper league.

2004-05

Paul is widely considered the top point guard in this year's draft. He has lightning quick speed, great court vision, superb decision-making, great range and accuracy on his jumpshot, shifty penetrating skills and a great knack for playing the passing lanes. The biggest knock on Paul is his lack of size, as he's listed at 6-1 which is a stretch. Portland isn't likely to draft Paul with the third pick after drafting Sebastian Telfair last season so Hornets or Bobcats could end up with potentially the most NBA-ready (along with Andrew Bogut) player in this year's draft.