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2013-14 NBA Stats

PTS

19.1

REB

4.3

AST

10.7

STL

2.5

BLK

0.1

2013-14 NBA Projections

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2013-14 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

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 ove...

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HT: 6' 1"   WT: 195 lbs   DOB: 5/6/1985  College: Wake Forest   DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #4 Overall in 2005   Show ContractHide Contract

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Agreed to a five-year, $107 million deal with the Clippers in July 2013.

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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
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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 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 14 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 30 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 5 Games 5 39.6 20.6 4.0 12.2 3.0 0.0 1.4 45.3 75.0 2.4 1.4 2.6 4.8 29.2 7.8 17.2 3.6 4.8
Last 10 Games 10 37.3 20.2 4.0 10.6 2.6 0.0 2.3 48.3 80.5 2.6 1.0 3.0 5.0 46.0 7.3 15.1 3.3 4.1
Last 20 Games 20 35.8 20.1 4.3 9.8 2.6 0.0 2.5 47.8 78.7 2.8 0.9 3.4 5.5 45.9 7.1 14.8 3.5 4.5

 

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True Shooting Percentage

58.0%

True Shooting % in 2013-14

In 2013-14, Chris Paul had a true shooting percentage of 58.0%.

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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
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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
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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
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Chris Paul 2013-14 NBA Game Log
Date Opponent MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
May 17 at OKC                                
May 15 OKC 40 25 7 11 1 0 3 9 18 5 5 2 4 2 5 3
May 13 at OKC 40 17 1 14 4 0 5 6 16 4 5 1 5 0 1 5
May 11 OKC 45 23 5 10 4 0 1 10 23 3 4 0 4 2 3 4
May 9 OKC 42 21 2 16 3 0 0 8 16 3 5 2 6 0 2 3
May 7 at OKC 31 17 5 10 3 0 3 6 13 3 5 2 5 3 2 5
May 5 at OKC 28 32 2 10 0 0 2 12 14 0 0 8 9 0 2 3
May 3 GSW 42 22 2 14 4 0 2 8 15 5 5 1 3 0 2 3
May 1 at GSW 34 9 5 8 1 0 4 3 10 1 2 2 5 0 5 5
Apr 29 GSW 39 20 6 7 5 0 2 6 17 5 5 3 5 2 4 2
Apr 27 at GSW 32 16 5 6 1 0 4 5 9 4 5 2 4 1 4 5
Apr 24 at GSW 35 15 2 10 2 0 2 5 13 3 4 2 7 0 2 4
Apr 21 GSW 27 12 6 10 5 0 5 4 10 2 2 2 4 1 5 3
Apr 19 GSW 36 28 7 8 4 0 6 10 23 3 6 5 9 1 6 5
Apr 16 at POR                                
Apr 15 DEN 28 21 1 10 2 0 1 8 10 2 4 3 5 0 1 3
Apr 12 SAC 36 17 7 10 0 0 2 6 14 4 4 1 4 2 5 3
Apr 9 OKC 40 25 5 8 2 0 4 8 17 6 9 3 7 1 4 4
Apr 6 LAL 28 23 4 6 3 0 3 8 10 3 4 4 4 0 4 0
Apr 3 DAL 40 17 5 9 1 0 1 7 14 2 2 1 7 2 3 3
Apr 2 at PHO 35 20 2 9 3 0 2 6 17 4 5 4 7 0 2 3
Mar 31 at MIN 38 22 7 9 3 0 3 6 16 8 8 2 5 1 6 4
Mar 29 at HOU 39 30 5 12 3 0 1 10 16 5 6 5 9 1 4 4
Mar 27 at DAL 40 31 4 9 3 0 2 9 18 9 10 4 8 0 4 3
Mar 26 at NOP 35 2 4 12 3 0 2 0 12 2 2 0 3 1 3 3
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Mar 24 MIL 37 14 0 7 3 0 0 5 13 4 4 0 1 0 0 1
Mar 22 DET 37 28 4 15 6 0 2 10 15 5 5 3 6 1 3 2
Mar 17 at DEN 39 29 2 7 3 0 6 10 19 9 11 0 2 0 2 4
Mar 16 CLE 36 16 0 15 2 0 0 7 15 1 1 1 3 0 0 2
Mar 14 at UTA 36 18 6 7 3 0 2 8 12 2 3 0 1 0 6 2
Mar 12 GSW 38 16 8 12 3 0 2 5 15 5 6 1 3 1 7 3
Mar 10 PHO 35 17 5 11 2 0 3 7 16 3 5 0 1 1 4 3
Mar 8 ATL 36 19 1 10 2 0 2 7 14 4 4 1 2 1 0 4
Mar 6 at LAL 26 13 4 11 4 1 3 6 12 0 1 1 3 1 3 1
Mar 4 at PHO 38 14 3 9 1 0 5 4 14 6 8 0 2 0 3 3
Mar 1 NOP 30 21 3 8 2 0 2 7 11 7 7 0 2 1 2 0
Feb 26 HOU 39 14 3 9 2 0 1 5 13 4 5 0 1 0 3 4
Feb 24 at NOP 30 19 4 13 2 0 0 6 10 7 7 0 0 0 4 4
Feb 23 at OKC 39 18 8 12 0 0 1 5 12 7 7 1 4 1 7 2
Feb 21 at MEM 39 18 6 14 2 0 1 4 13 9 11 1 3 2 4 2
Feb 18 SAS 38 11 3 9 4 0 2 1 10 9 10 0 1 0 3 4
Feb 12 POR 39 20 4 12 3 0 3 10 15 0 2 0 0 0 4 3
Feb 9 PHI 23 7 2 8 4 0 4 3 6 1 2 0 0 1 1 1
Feb 7 TOR                                
Feb 5 MIA                                
Feb 3 at DEN                                
Feb 1 UTA                                
Jan 30 at GSW                                
Jan 29 WAS                                
Jan 27 at MIL                                
Jan 25 at TOR                                
Jan 24 at CHI                                
Jan 22 at CHA                                
Jan 20 at DET                                
Jan 18 at IND                                
Jan 17 at NYK                                
Jan 15 DAL                                
Jan 10 LAL                                
Jan 8 BOS                                
Jan 6 ORL                                
Jan 4 at SAS                                
Jan 3 at DAL 22 19 3 6 1 0 1 5 8 4 4 5 6 0 3 1
Jan 1 CHA 32 17 4 14 1 0 3 7 14 2 2 1 4 0 4 1
Dec 30 PHO 30 11 4 7 2 0 4 5 14 1 2 0 0 0 4 2
Dec 28 UTA 37 21 10 9 5 0 2 8 16 5 6 0 0 2 8 3
Dec 26 at POR 45 34 3 16 6 0 1 16 29 0 1 2 3 0 3 1
Dec 25 at GSW 40 26 2 11 2 0 3 9 20 7 7 1 3 0 2 3
Dec 22 MIN 43 19 6 13 2 0 3 6 19 7 8 0 5 2 4 0
Dec 21 DEN 30 10 3 11 3 0 3 3 8 4 5 0 1 0 3 2
Dec 18 NOP 34 12 5 11 2 0 1 4 13 3 4 1 4 1 4 2
Dec 16 SAS 36 23 8 7 4 0 2 8 13 6 7 1 3 1 7 1
Dec 14 at WAS 33 38 3 12 3 0 2 11 14 11 11 5 7 1 2 2
Dec 12 at BKN 28 20 2 2 0 0 0 6 13 6 7 2 3 0 2 3
Dec 11 at BOS 36 22 7 9 2 0 3 8 16 6 8 0 2 1 6 0
Dec 9 at PHI 34 25 1 13 3 0 4 10 18 3 5 2 3 0 1 3
Dec 7 at CLE 39 13 7 15 3 0 3 4 16 4 6 1 6 1 6 5
Dec 5 at MEM 27 15 4 8 2 1 2 6 11 1 2 2 4 0 4 3
Dec 4 at ATL 37 19 3 11 3 0 1 7 17 5 6 0 3 0 3 1
Dec 1 IND 34 17 3 10 1 0 1 6 15 5 5 0 1 0 3 4
Nov 29 at SAC                                
Nov 27 NYK 26 15 5 7 2 0 2 4 9 6 7 1 5 1 4 0
Nov 24 CHI 27 16 1 17 2 1 1 6 10 3 4 1 4 0 1 1
Nov 23 SAC 38 22 6 9 1 0 2 7 13 5 8 3 4 0 6 5
Nov 21 at OKC 35 17 5 12 0 0 3 7 11 0 0 3 4 0 5 2
Nov 20 at MIN 35 20 6 11 4 0 3 8 16 2 3 2 5 1 5 1
Nov 18 MEM 35 18 9 11 0 0 2 5 14 8 9 0 2 1 8 3
Nov 16 BKN 34 12 7 13 3 0 1 3 12 4 4 2 4 0 7 2
Nov 13 OKC 41 14 7 16 3 1 2 5 15 4 4 0 6 0 7 1
Nov 11 MIN 35 21 4 11 4 0 6 7 14 7 8 0 2 1 3 0
Nov 9 at HOU 37 14 5 13 2 0 3 5 13 3 3 1 3 2 3 5
Nov 7 at MIA 37 11 5 12 2 0 5 3 11 5 5 0 3 0 5 5
Nov 6 at ORL 35 18 5 10 2 0 4 8 19 2 2 0 2 2 3 6
Nov 4 HOU 33 23 3 17 2 0 2 7 13 8 8 1 3 0 3 2
Nov 1 at SAC 36 26 4 10 0 0 3 7 14 9 9 3 5 2 2 4
Oct 31 GSW 37 42 2 15 6 0 6 12 20 16 17 2 6 1 1 4
Oct 29 at LAL 36 15 6 11 5 0 1 5 13 5 5 0 2 0 6 4

A blank stat line is used above whenever a player did not play in the game.

Chris Paul: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Paul was named to the 2013-14 NBA All-Defensive First Team on Monday, NBA.com reports.

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Paul (shoulder) enjoyed a productive fantasy year in the 2013-14 season, despite missing 20 games overall. He finished with averages of 19.1 points, 10.7 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.5 steals in 35 minutes per game.

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Paul recorded 25 points (9-18 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 11 assists, seven rebounds and one steal in 40 minutes of action Thursday.

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Paul finished Tuesday's Game 5 with 17 points (6-16 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT) to go along with one rebound, 14 assists, four steals and five turnovers in 40 minutes in the Clippers' stunning loss against the Thunder.

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Paul racked up a double-double in 45 minutes of action during Sunday's Game 4 win against the Thunder. He finished with 23 points (10-23 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, 10 assists and four steals.

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Paul scored 21 points (8-16 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-5 FT), delivered 16 assists, and also added two rebounds and three steals in 42 minutes against the Thunder in Game 3 on Friday.

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Paul scored 32 points (12-14 FG, 8-9 3Pt) to go along with 10 assists and two rebounds in 28 minutes of the Clippers' Game 1 win Monday.

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Paul played 42 minutes and finished with 22 points (8-15 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 14 assists and four steals Saturday.

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Paul played with a right hamstring injury and right thumb injury in Thursday's loss to the Warriors, the LA Times reports.

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Paul recorded nine points (3-10 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, and eight assists in 34 minutes of action Thursday against the Warriors.

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Paul stuffed the stat sheet, scoring 20 points (6-17 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 5-5 FT) to go with six rebounds, seven assists and five steals in 39 minutes Tuesday in a win over the Warriors.

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Paul (illness/hamstring) was able to play through his various ailments during Game 4 on Sunday and finished with 16 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-5 FT), five rebounds, six assists and one steal in 32 minutes.

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2013-14

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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.