Chris Paul
Chris Paul
35-Year-Old GuardG
Oklahoma City Thunder
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Heading into his age 34 season, Paul is coming off arguably the least productive year of his professional tenure. He set career lows in points (15.6) and made free throws (3.0) per game, plus field-goal percentage (41.9). His health continues to be a problem as well, with Paul playing in fewer than 62 games for the third straight season, and he's averaging just 66.4 appearances across the past seven campaigns. The eight-time All-NBA selection will be joining a new team in 2019-20 after being traded to the Thunder from the Rockets. While Oklahoma City has transitioned into a rebuild, all signs are pointing toward Paul beginning the season with the Thunder. Assuming that's the case, he'll presumably be in line for his biggest role since leaving the Clippers. During Paul's final two seasons in LA, he averaged 18.9 points, 9.6 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals. While it would be surprising for him to put up those types of numbers again given his age, Paul's vision and basketball IQ should at least lead him to plenty of assists. Fantasy owners need to take into consideration Paul's injury history and age before drafting him, but it's possible we see him take on more of an expanded role with the Thunder than we saw with the Rockets. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $159.73 million contract with the Rockets in July of 2018. Traded to the Thunder in July of 2019. Contract includes $44.21 million player option for 2021-22.
Personal Bio

Paul was born in 1985 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He's the son of Robin and Charles Paul and has an older brother (also named Charles). Growing up, Chris and Charles worked at a gas station owned by their grandfather, Nathanial Jones. Jones was tragically killed during Paul's senior season of high school. Years later, in 2005, the Chris Paul Family Foundation established the CP3 Foundation in honor of his late grandfather to assist the city of Winston-Salem. Paul's foundation annually awards students of Forsyth County in North Carolina a scholarship to attend Wake Forest University. In the summer of 2013, Paul was elected President of the NBA Players Association. He is also an avid bowler and golfer. In 2016, Paul was named ESPN's Sports Humanitarian of the Year. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram (@CP3).

College/International Summary

Paul played two seasons for Wake Forest University before heading to the NBA. During the 2003-04 season, Paul started in all 31 games as a freshman and was named ACC Rookie of the Year. Additionally, College Insider, The Sporting News, Basketball Times and Dick Vitale all named Paul the National Freshman of the Year. Led by Paul, the Demon Deacons made it to the third round of the NCAA tournament. As a sophomore, Paul was named a First Team Consensus All-American as well as a member of ESPN's Academic All-America Team. He was selected at No. 4 overall of the 2005 NBA Draft by New Orleans. Each year, Paul's charity foundation awards a scholarship to students in Forsyth County, North Carolina to attend Wake Forest.

Strong line in loss
GOklahoma City Thunder
August 7, 2020
Paul provided 17 points (6-12 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, five assists and four steals in 27 minutes during Friday's 121-92 loss to the Grizzlies.
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While CP3 was individually great, most of his teammates struggled in the blowout loss. The performance marked Paul's third game of the season with at least 17 points and four steals. He had scored 21 and 23 points, respectively, in the prior two contests. OKC will look to bounce back Sunday against the Wizards.
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2019

In his first season in Oklahoma City, Paul was selected to his tenth All-Star Game, his first since the 2015-16 season. Paul has averaged 17.4 points, 6.7 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 32 minutes per game through 54 contests. He's shooting 48.5 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 89.8 percent from the free-throw line. Against the Bulls on December 16, the veteran guard ignited the Thunder from a 26-point deficit to a 109-106 victory. In the contest he recorded 30 points -- one of four 30-point performances this season -- 10 rebounds, eight assists and two steals in 36 minutes.

2018

Chris Paul started 58 regular-season games for the Houston Rockets during the 2018-19 campaign. He averaged 15.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 2.0 steals per contest. Paul finished third in the league in assists (minimum 58 games) behind Russell Westbrook and Kyle Lowry. Paul also finished third in steals behind Paul George and James Harden. Paul recorded a triple-double Dec. 11 against Portland with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Paul registered 17 additional double-doubles. He scored a season-high 32 points at Brooklyn on Nov. 2. He dished out a season-best 17 assists at Golden State on Feb. 23. Paul swiped six passes at Oklahoma City on Nov. 8. Paul upped his game during the playoffs, averaging 17.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.2 steals per contest. He did all he could to avoid elimination in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Golden State Warriors, tallying 27 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.

2017

There isn't much to say about Paul that hasn't already been said. The future Hall of Famer was his usual productive self in his first season in Houston following a six-year run with the Clippers. Although Paul played just 58 regular-season games due to injury, he fit in seamlessly alongside league MVP James Harden when both men were on the floor together. Paul's assist numbers took a slight dip (7.9), while his scoring (18.6) and rebounding (5.4) averages both rose. Paul shot at least 46 percent from the field for the 11th straight season while finishing at a career-best 91.9 percent clip from the free throw line. Paul posted 20 or more points on 25 separate occasions while handing out 10 or more assists 16 different times, as well. The 2005 No. 4 overall selection also played exceptionally in the playoffs. In 15 postseason contests, Paul averaged 21.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.8 assists. His 41-point, 10-assist effort led Houston to a series-clinching Game 5 win over Utah in the Western Conference Semifinals. Paul finished with no fewer than a dozen points in each of his playoff appearances.

2016

Paul appeared in 61 games in 2016-17 for the Clippers. The point guard averaged 18.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 9.2 assists and 2.0 steals over 31.5 minutes of run. His passing mark was the fourth best in the league, and he ranked third in steals. Paul also shot 47.6 percent from the field and a career-high 41.1 percent from three-point range. On Nov. 4, the guard had his best performance of the season, posting 27 points, four rebounds, 11 assists, six steals and two blocks (to match his career high) in 32 minutes against the Grizzlies. On Nov. 29, he registered his lone triple-double of the campaign with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists against the Nets. He then dished a season-best 20 assists -- his second highest mark ever -- on Dec. 10 against New Orleans. Paul skipped seven games between late December and early January to rest, and he later missed 14 straight games with a left thumb injury from January to February. He notched a total of 24 double-doubles and scored 20-plus points on 20 occasions. The Clippers finished with a 51-31 record and the Western Conference's fourth seed, losing in seven games to Utah in Round 1. Paul played in each contest, averaging 25.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 9.9 assists and 1.7 steals over 37.1 minutes. He was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team after the season.

2015

Paul played 74 games for the Clippers in 2015-16, starting in each. The point guard averaged 19.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 10.0 assists and 2.1 steals over 32.7 minutes. It was his fourth straight season averaging 10-plus assists, and Paul was also third in the league in total steals. He logged a 46.2 percent shooting rate from the field and 37.1 from downtown. The guard dished 19 assists on Jan. 6 against the Trail Blazers, the third highest mark of his career. He also played in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 14, logging a game-high 16 assists. His best performance came Feb. 26, which featured 40 points, eight rebounds, 13 assists and two steals in 36 minutes against the Kings. Paul scored 20-plus points on 35 occasions while dishing 10-plus assists 40 times and notching 38 double-doubles. The Clippers finished with 53-29 record as the Western Conference's fourth seed, losing in the first round to Portland. The guard appeared in four of the six games, missing the last two with a broken hand. He averaged 23.8 points, 4.0 boards, 7.3 assists and 2.3 steals in 31.3 minutes of run. After the season, Paul was named to the All-NBA Second Team and the All-Defensive First Team.

2014

Paul started all 82 games for the only time in his career in 2014-15. The guard averaged 19.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and a league-high 10.2 assists in 34.8 minutes for the Clippers. He shot 48.5 percent from the field and 39.8 from three-point range while reaching the 90.0 percent mark on free throws for the first time. The 29-year old notched 40 double-doubles and registered his lone triple-double Nov. 3 with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in 35 minutes against the Jazz. On Jan. 22, Paul had his first 17-assist performance of the campaign against the Nets -- one of 11 times he dished 15-plus dimes. Paul then had a game-high 15 assists during the 2015 NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 15. On April 4, he posted an impressive 41-point, 17-assist effort in 39 minutes against the Trail Blazers. Paul then hit a career-best six three-pointers in 11 attempts April 14 against the Suns. The Clippers beat the Spurs (4-3) before falling to the Rockets in seven games in Round 2. Paul appeared in 12 games, missing the first two against the Rockets with a hamstring injury. The guard averaged 22.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists in 37.1 minutes of run and had three 30-plus-point performances (Games 1 and 4 against the Spurs, Game 6 versus the Rockets). At season's end, Paul was named to the All-NBA Second and All-Defensive First Teams.

2013

Paul re-signed with the Clippers on a five-year contract before the season. The point guard appeared in 62 games (62 starts), averaging 19.1 points and 4.2 rebounds while leading the league in assists (10.7) and steals (2.5). He shot 46.7 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from three-point range. Paul started the campaign on fire, scoring a season-high 42 points to go with 15 assists and six steals Oct. 31 against the Warriors. Four nights later, he dished 17 assists against the Rockets, another season high. Paul missed 18 straight games between January and February with a shoulder injury. He was nonetheless appointed to the 2014 NBA All-Star Game, playing for the West on Feb. 16 and registering 13 assists. Paul notched 39 double-doubles in 2013-14. The Clippers finished with a 57-25 record as the Western Conference's third seed, defeating the Warriors (4-3) before losing to the Thunder (2-4). The guard converted a postseason career-high eight three-pointers in Game 1 against the Thunder. Paul averaged 19.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 10.3 assists and 2.8 steals in 13 games. He was named to the All-NBA First and All-Defensive First Teams after the season.

2012

Paul played 70 games for the Clippers in 2012-13, starting all of them. The point guard averaged 16.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 9.7 assists and 2.4 steals in 33.4 minutes of run. He led the league in steals and finished second in assists. On Jan. 9, Paul dished 16 assists against the Mavericks. Three nights later, he matched his season high, recording 16 dimes against the Magic. He missed 12 games between January and February with a knee injury. The 27-year old started for the West in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 17, winning his first ASG MVP Award with 20 points and 15 assists. On Mar. 26, Paul scored a season-best 33 points against the Mavs. He notched 31 double-doubles during the campaign. The Clippers advanced to the playoffs with a 56-26 record, losing to the Grizzlies in Round 1. Paul averaged 22.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 6.8 assists in the six-game series. He was selected to the All-NBA First and All-Defensive First Teams at season's end.

2011

Paul was traded to the Clippers on Dec. 14 for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and Al-Farouq Aminu and additional draft picks. He played 60 games for this new team, all as a starter. Paul averaged 19.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 9.1 assists and a league-leading 2.5 steals over 36.4 minutes. The playmaker established great rapport with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan from the outset, earning the nickname "Lob City" for the franchise. On Feb. 22, Paul scored a season-best 36 points against the Nuggets, a mark he would match on March 9 against the Spurs. He was named a starter for the West at the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, dishing a game-high 12 assists on Feb. 26. On April 22, the guard registered eight steals against his former club (New Orleans), which was the second best mark of his career. The Clippers finished with a 40-26 record, beating the Memphis Grizzlies in seven games before falling to the Spurs in Round 2. Paul played all 11 games and averaged 17.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 2.7 steals in 38.5 minutes of run. After the season, he was selected to the All-NBA First Team.

2010

Paul played 80 games for the Hornets in 2010-11, starting in each. The point guard averaged 15.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 9.8 assists and a league-leading 2.4 steals in 36.0 minutes. In terms of shooting numbers, he logged 46.3 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from three-point range. On Nov. 5, Paul dished a season-best 19 assists in a win over the Heat. He then played a career-high 50:41 on Feb. 9 in a overtime loss to the Nets. Paul was selected to the 2011 NBA All-Star Game and started for the West on Feb. 20, posting 10 points, seven assists and five steals in 28 minutes. His best performance of the campaign came March 12, which featured 33 points, seven rebounds, 15 assists and five steals in 42 minutes in a win over Sacramento. After posting a 46-36 record, the Hornets advanced to the playoffs, falling to the Lakers in Round 1. Paul appeared in all six games and averaged 22.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 11.5 assists and 1.8 steals over 41.7 minutes. That included a 33-point, 14-assist effort in Game 1 and a 27-point, 13-rebound, 15-assist triple-double in Game 4. Paul was named to the All-NBA Third and NBA All-Defensive Second Teams at season's end.

2009

Paul appeared in 45 games (45 starts) for the Hornets in 2009-10. He averaged 18.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 10.7 assists and 2.1 steals in 38.0 minutes. He shot 49.3 percent on field goals and 40.9 on three-pointers, both of which were the second best marks of his career. On Nov. 4, Paul scored a season-high 39 points to go with seven assists in a win over the Mavericks. The 24-year old dished a season-best 19 assists Dec. 18, plus 30 points, in a win over Denver. His lone triple-double of the campaign came Dec. 29, when he posted 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a loss to the Rockets. Paul notched 23 double-doubles and scored 20-plus points on 20 occasions. Unfortunately, the North Carolina native missed 25 straight games between late January and March after undergoing left knee surgery. That forced him to skip the 2010 All-Star Game, which would have been his third in a row. The Hornets did not qualify for the playoffs with a 37-45 record.

2008

Paul signed a three-year extension with the Hornets before the season. The point guard played 78 games for the franchise, starting in each and averaging 22.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 11.0 assists and 2.8 steals in 38.5 minutes. He shot 50.3 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from three-point range. The averages in points, rebounds, steals, minutes and field goals were career highs, and he also led the league in assists and steals for the second year in a row. On Dec. 17, Paul set a new league record for consecutive games with at least one steal (106, which he stretched to 108). He was selected to his second All-Star Game and first as a starter, dishing a game-high 14 assists Feb. 15 for the Western Conference. On April 4, the point guard matched his career-high 43 points in a loss to the Warriors. Paul notched 50 double-doubles and six triple-doubles over the campaign. The Hornets finished with a 49-33 record as the seventh seed in the West, losing to the Nuggets in the first round. Paul averaged 16.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 10.4 assists and 1.6 steals over 40.2 minutes during the five-game series. He was named to the All-NBA Second and All-Defensive First Teams at season's end.

2007

Paul played 80 games (all starts) for the Hornets in 2007-08. The point guard averaged 21.1 points and 4.0 rebounds while leading the league with 11.6 assists and 2.7 steals in 37.6 minutes. He shot 48.8 percent on field goals and 36.9 percent on three-pointers. Paul started on fire, logging a career-high 21 assists Nov. 6 against the Lakers. On Dec. 7, Paul scored 43 points against the Grizzlies, setting a new personal best. The North Carolina native was selected to his first All-Star Game, hosted in New Orleans on Feb. 17, and produced 16 points and a game-high 14 assists. On Feb. 20, Paul established another career best with nine steals against the Mavericks. He notched his lone triple-double in a 16-point, 10-rebound, 13-assist effort against the Warriors on April 6. The Pelicans finished with a franchise-best 56-26 record. They beat the Mavericks before losing to the Spurs in Round 2 of the playoffs. In his postseason debut, Paul registered 35 points and 10 assists. Ultimately, he averaged 24.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 11.3 assists and 2.3 steals over 40.5 minutes of run through 12 postseason contests. He was named for the first time to the All-NBA First Team and to the All-Defensive Second Team while finishing second in MVP voting.

2006

Paul appeared in 64 games for the Hornets, starting in each. He averaged 17.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 8.9 assists over 36.8 minutes. The point guard scored a season-high 35 points Nov. 18 in a win over Minnesota. On Dec. 12, Paul dished 18 assists in a loss to Chicago (another season best). That night also marked his third career triple-double thanks to his logging 25 points and 11 rebounds in addition to the 18 dimes. Paul registered 27 double-doubles during the campaign. The guard missed 16 straight games from December to January due to an undisclosed injury. The 21-year old was selected to the Rising Stars Challenge during the 2007 NBA All-Star Weekend and set new event records with 17 assists and nine steals. The passing mark was surpassed by John Wall in 2011, but he still holds the event-high in steals. The Hornets finished with a 39-43 record and did not qualify for postseason play.

2005

Paul was selected by the Hornets with the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. The point guard played 78 games -- all of which were starts -- but the franchise hosted most of its contests in Oklahoma City after New Orleans was hit by Hurricane Katrina before the season. He averaged 16.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 2.2 steals over 36 minutes of run. Paul scored a season-high 28 points to go with 11 assists Jan. 20 against the Wizards. On Feb. 17, he participated in the Rising Stars Challenge during the 2006 NBA All-Star Weekend, dishing a game-high 11 assists for the rookies. On April 4, the 20-year old notched the first triple-double of his career with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists against the Raptors. Paul registered another triple-double three days later against the Warriors and finished with 21 double-doubles on the campaign. The Hornets finished with a 38-44 season and did not advance to the playoffs. Paul was named Rookie of the Year after leading rookies in points, assists, steals and double-doubles. Not surprisingly, he was also named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

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Transaction History
  • June 28, 2005
    Drafted by the New Orleans Hornets in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 2005 NBA Draft and signed his rookie contract shortly thereafter.
  • July 1, 2008
    Signed a four-year contract extension with the Hornets.
  • December 14, 2011
    Traded by the New Orleans Hornets along with cash and a 2015 2nd round draft pick to the Los Angeles Clippers for Al-Farouq Aminu, Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and a 2012 1st round draft pick.
  • July 10, 2013
    Signed a five-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • June 28, 2017
    Traded by the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets for Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Lou Williams, Kyle Wiltjer, cash and a 2018 1st round draft pick.
  • July 7, 2018
    Signed a four-year contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets.
  • July 16, 2019
    Traded by the Houston Rockets with a 2021 1st round draft pick, a 2024 1st round draft pick, a 2025 1st round draft pick and a 2026 1st round draft pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Russell Westbrook.
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Paul's first season in Houston was for the most part a success. He fit in seamlessly alongside MVP James Harden and helped the Rockets nearly take down the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals. Houston actually held a 3-2 advantage in that series before Paul went down with a Grade 2 hamstring strain and missed the final two contests. In fact, if there was a negative to pull from the season, it was Paul's checkered injury history catching back up to him. The superstar point guard ended up playing in just 58 games, which was his second straight campaign missing over 20 contests. Still, when on the floor, Paul's numbers didn't suffer much, if at all, while playing alongside a high usage player like Harden. His assists fell as expected, going from 9.2 per game in 2016-17 to 7.9 this past year. However, he actually boosted his scoring (18.6 ppg) and rebounding (5.4 rpg) numbers, while remaining an elite defender with 1.7 steals per contest. Rounding out his impressive stat line was 2.5 three-pointers made at a 38.0 percent clip, which helped cement his spot as one of the top guards in the NBA. The Rockets made a handful of moves this offseason, with a couple of strong defenders in Corey Brewer and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute leaving, and an offensive driven Carmelo Anthony joining the team as a free agent. Anthony is expected to come off the bench and at this point, doesn't pose a real threat to any of Paul's numbers. As a result, look for Paul to continue to provide the elite numbers both offensively and defensively that we've seen the last few seasons and that should make him a potential top-5 point guard once again.
After two consecutive years with a strong bill of health, Paul succombed to the injury bug once again during the 2016-17 campaign, something that's plagued him throughout his entire 12-year career. It started with a lingering hamstring injury in December before tearing a ligament in his thumb in January and missing an additional month and a half. That limited Paul to just 61 games overall, his lowest mark since the 2011-12 season. However, when healhty, he was still one of the best point guards on the market, as he averaged 18.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 9.2 assists and 2.0 steals across 31.5 minutes. That placed him third overall in the league for assists, while also landing him third in the league in steals, as Paul earned NBA All-Defensive First Team honors for the sixth time in a row and seventh in his career. After spending the last six seasons in Los Angeles, Paul now heads to Houston after being traded to the Rockets at the end of June. While he'll no longer be playing alongside Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, his new roster certainly isn't lacking talent, as Paul will be playing alongside MVP finalist James Harden. Harden dominated the lead guard role last season, spending nearly the entire year as the team's ball-handler, but that should change with Paul in the fold. Harden led the league in assists with 11.2 last season, so both players are likely going to see their assist totals fall while sharing the play-making duties. That said, Harden's ability as a creator should add more open looks for Paul and after shooting a career-high 41.1 percent from deep last season, he should be able to knock down shots at a high rate as a catch-and-shoot option when off the ball. Slight drops in assists and rebounds can be expected for Paul, but he's still going to get his points considering he's joining an extremely high-paced offense. He's also expected to bring a gritty defense that the Rockets' roster severely lacks, so there shouldn't be much of a drop-off in the steals department either. All that being said, Paul should remain a top-5 point guard despite concerns over his ability to co-exist with the ball-dominant Harden.
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 Western Conference and notched his highest assist percentage (52.7%) since 2008-09. His shooting numbers dipped slightly compared to those of two seasons ago, but Paul remained a hyper-efficient scorer for a player of his stature and shooting volume. Coming off of a 2014-15 campaign in which he played all 82 games for the first time in his career, Paul appeared in 74 games last season, working to dispel the injury-prone label that’s followed him throughout his tenure in the NBA. However, a broken hand suffered in Game 4 against the Trail Blazers put an abrupt end to Paul’s season and reminded fantasy owners of his inherent risk. When healthy, Paul is without a doubt among the NBA’s top six or seven fantasy commodities, but his injury history may push him toward the latter end of the first round of drafts in certain fantasy leagues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Paces team with 21 points
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August 5, 2020
Paul compiled 21 points (8-12 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-4 FT), seven rebounds, six assists and a steal across 30 minutes in Wednesday's 105-86 win over the Lakers in Orlando.
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Drops 23 in Monday's loss
GOklahoma City Thunder
August 3, 2020
Paul scored 23 points (8-17 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT) while adding eight assists and two rebounds in 39 minutes during Monday's 121-113 overtime loss to the Nuggets.
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Stuffs stat sheet Saturday
GOklahoma City Thunder
August 1, 2020
Paul posted 18 points (7-11 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals in 27 minutes during Saturday's 110-94 win over the Jazz.
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Out for rest Tuesday
GOklahoma City Thunder
Rest
July 28, 2020
Paul will not play in the Thunder's final scrimmage Tuesday for rest purposes, Joe Mussatto of The Oklahoman reports.
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Game postponed Wednesday
GOklahoma City Thunder
March 11, 2020
The Thunder's Wednesday game versus the Jazz has been postponed, Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com reports.
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