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Two weeks to training camp… Chris Paul’s teardrop is like a wizard from an 80’s metal animation

Sep 15, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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The wait is almost over. We’re two weeks and three days from training camp, and the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season. Basketball is almost back. As we get closer we’ll be bringing you reminders of why this game is awesome, what you’ve missed, and what to look forward to.

Chris Paul is known for the acuity of his passing. He’s the best pure passer in the game, and it’s that skill that makes him the widely-considered best point guard on the planet. But what sometimes gets lost is that he’s an absolutely incredible scorer. He’s been flirting with 50-40-90 the past few seasons but injury has always managed to kick out the tires just enough to drag him back to just unbelievably good. And his floater is by far his most dangerous weapon. You cover the roll man, you play up to contain and bring help defense, meaning there’s just a narrow gap for him to shoot. And then he buries you.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. eventhorizon04 - Sep 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    “[Chris Paul]‘s the best pure passer in the game, and it’s that skill that makes him the widely-considered best point guard on the planet.”
    Not a Celtics fan, but it can be argued that Rondo is as good a passer.

    “But what sometimes gets lost is that he’s an absolutely incredible scorer. He’s been flirting with 50-40-90 the past few seasons.”
    To me, THIS is what makes CP3 the better pure point guard than Rondo.

    They’re both very good passers, but CP3 is a threat to score from more than 8 feet away from the basket. CP3 provides floor spacing and can punish teams that give him space, which helps his teammates get open.

    Like it was said in the first video, bigs feel pressured to step up to prevent CP3 from taking an open 12 foot jumper, which gives CP3’s teammates a free path to the basket if he hits them with a pass.

    By contrast, the blueprint for defending Rondo is to give him space and dare him to take jump shots.
    Rondo has to get a jumpshot for there to be a debate of CP3 versus Rondo. Otherwise, it’s CP3 all the way when it comes to judging who is the best pure PG.

  2. jerseyfinatic - Sep 15, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    So now PBT is obsessed with Chris Paul huh?…along with LeBron of course. This is the 2nd CP3 appreciation thread we’ve had in recent memory. We also had a Rajon Rondo appreciation thread. Maybe we can get ONE Deron Williams article…or Tony Parker? and Tony Parker IMO has the best teardrop in the NBA.

    • phaden27 - Sep 15, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      No ones ever happy with what’s in front of them. :p

  3. teedraper - Sep 15, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    What’s 50-40-90?

  4. camnellum12 - Sep 15, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and say Chris Paul is the 2nd best player in the NBA, behind LeBron. I’d have no problem with a person saying Kevin Durant, but Durant needs to facilitate more, become a better post player, and become a better perimeter defender. Chris Paul has the total package in a player: he makes always your team better, will torch you if you force him to score, is the best perimeter defender in the NBA, one of the best passers in the NBA, has one of the best IQ’s in the NBA, and is a Top 5 closer. He’s a modern day Isiah Thomas, he has the angelic smile, but will rip your heart out if that’s what if it takes to win. Only Paul can make the Clippers look like a contender for years to come. Just look at how he willed LA back in Game 1 against the Grizzlies (also with the hot handed Nick Young): http://youtu.be/avJmMXkRDJc

    KD may score like he’s in a video game, but CP3 will kill you in more ways than one.

  5. charlutes - Sep 15, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    I figured if I read the entire post it would eventually explain the headline. Nope. What?

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