Chris Paul, the point god and his playoff stats. Chris Paul is one of the greatest point guards to ever play basketball in the NBA. What do Chris Paul’s playoff stats say though?
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A good assist-to-turnover ratio for an elite NBA point guard is 3:1. A player an assist-to-turnover ratio of 3.5:1 is the gold standard. It’s what every coach hopes for. It means his point guard only commits 1 turnover for every 3.5 assists he records.
In 2021, Chris Paul’s assist-to-turnover ratio is 4:1.
When an NBA point guard has a 3:1 assist-to-turnover ratio, that is a very good number. It means that the player averages 3 assists for every turnover he commits. The assist-to-turnover ratio should be the first and last criteria used in judging the true effectiveness of any point guard.
It shows how efficient of a floor general any point guard truly is.
Chris Paul has a 4:1 assist-to-turnover ratio for the Phoenix Suns in 2021. He has a 3.92 assist-to-turnover average over his 16 year career in the NBA. For all of Chris Paul’s accolades and career stats, this is the most revealing in uncovering his greatness.
No NBA player has a higher career assist-to-turnover ratio than Chris Paul does. John Stockton has the second best at 3.75:1.
In 2008, as a member of the New Orleans Hornets, Chris Paul has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 4.64:1.
His highest assist-to-turnover ratio in a single season was in 2013-14 with a 4.65:1 ratio with the Los Angeles Clippers.
CP3 has had a 4:1 ratio in 12 of his 16 NBA seasons including this season with the Phoenix Suns. He is the only player in the NBA that’s ever accomplished this.
Chris Paul was a star point guard before he was a McDonald’s All-American in 2003. He was a standout star and a part of the same high school class as LeBron James.
He starred at West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, North Carolina. Paul got national attention when he scored 61 points to honor his grandfather, Nathaniel Jones, who had been murdered earlier that year.
He scored a point for each year of his grandfather, Nathaniel Jones’ life. Paul left the game after scoring 61 points. One point for each year his grandfather was alive. He averaged 30.8 points-per-game, 5.9 rebounds, 9.5 assists, and 6 steals as a senior in high school.
At Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, CP3 was a First-Team Consensus All-American as a Sophomore. He led Wake Forest to its first #1 national ranking in school history that same year.
Chris Paul’s #3 jersey was retired by the Demon Deacons in 2011.
Many NBA fans refer to Chris Paul with the abbreviation of his initials and jersey number, CP3, others use another nickname in referring to Paul, Point God.
CP3 is one of the best point guards in NBA history. That’s not really up for debate.
The point god has averaged 18.3 points-per-game, 9.4 assist-per-game and 2.1 steals for his career.
He has 471 career double-doubles and has a 47.2 field goal percentage and shoots 37.1 from 3-point range for his career.
In 2020-21, Paul led the NBA in free-throw percentage (93.4%) and is at 87.3% for his 16 year career.
He was drafted with the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. Since then Chris Paul’s career stats and accolades have included,
- 11x All-Star
- 9x All-NBA (4-1st team)
- 4x assist champion
- 6x steals champion
- 2006 NBA ROY
- 9x All-Defense (7-1st team)
Chris Paul as a basketball player is not a combo guard, he’s a true point guard. He sets the pace, he has great vision, and makes everyone playing with him look better than they are at times.
He is not Allen Iverson, his game isn’t based on how many points he scores. A master of the pick-and-roll, most auspiciously with Blake Griffin as Los Angeles Clippers teammates from 2011-17.
CP3 is a future first ballot hall-of-famer, first and foremost because he makes his teammates better with his vision and passing ability. His Lob passes to the rim are some of the best on target lobs in NBA history. He garnered the Los Angeles Clippers the nickname LOB City because of this.
Paul exhibits superior quickness and change of direction to go along with his top-notch agility and handles on the court. He displays good athleticism and has improved his jump shooting throughout his career.
Sometimes Chris Paul’s defense isn’t recognized by the casual fan. I’ve even have had people on social media tell me he wasn’t a good defender. The nine All-Defensive teams that the NBA has selected him to usually ends this argument.
CP3 has some of the quickest and most active hands in the history of the NBA. Trying to pass to the opposite side of the floor against Chris Paul will only result in him picking off many of those attempts.
He possesses top-tier lateral quickness, the most vital aspect that make any player a great defender. Without lateral quickness, a player can’t possibly be a great perimeter defender.
Chris Paul has been amongst the leaders in 4th quarter stats, the last couple of seasons.
There is this thought circulating that Chris Paul is a choke artist in the playoffs. This isn’t true.
Chris Paul playoff stats
“The perception of Paul underperforming in the playoffs is overblown. … In 102 playoff games, Paul has averaged 20.9 points, 8.5 assists and 5.1 rebounds per game. Those numbers are in line, or better, with his career regular season averages of 18.5 points, 9.5 assists and 4.5 reb“.
Chris Paul has better playoff stats than he does in the regular season. There are fans who will say that “he was 1-6 in the 4th quarter” of this game or that game, but as I stated before, Paul is a true point guard and it’s not really on him when his teammates don’t hit the shots that he sets up.
Chris Paul’s playoff record is around .500, but he’s never really been on a team that was supposed to win an NBA championship. Some people picked the Clippers, but no one else was like “OF COURSE, LAC IS THE BEST TEAM IN THE NBA”, because they weren’t.
There are playoff series’ that some fans will say Chris Paul choked, his playoff stats speak differently. If you look at those playoff series’ stats, you will see CP3 averaged something like 23.5 points-per-game and 13 assists in these series losses.
In game 7 of the 2015 western conference finals against the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, Chris Paul injured his hamstring, when he returned to the game, his clutch performance led the Clippers to the next round. That includes the game winner and series clincher.
Watch up top, his brilliant clutch performance highlights from that playoff game.
As a member of the Rockets with James Harden, CP3 led Houston to the Western Conference Finals with a win over the Utah Jazz, dropping 41 points. This is Chris Paul’s career high in the playoffs.
On march 21, 2021, Chris Paul became the sixth player in NBA history with 10,000 career assists. It came on a pass to Deondre Ayton in a game CP3 had a triple-double against the Los Angeles Lakers.
He is currently top 5 on the all-time assist list. CP3 finished 2020-21 with 10,275 career assist, passing Magic Johnson (10,141) for fifth all-time.
Not without CP3
Many of Chris Paul’s squads wouldn’t have made the playoffs if he wasn’t running the team. The Clippers teams that were so highly touted, in truth were overrated, in my opinion.
If you take Paul off those teams, they are a 6-8 seed in the western conference. Similar to Blake Griffin’s Detroit Pistons teams.
What he did for the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Bubble of 2020 was just miraculous. He showed his all-time greatness in getting that team to the postseason and then displayed his playoff brilliance in the bubble.
Chris Paul is an MVP candidate again in 2021 with the Phoenix Suns. He is showing a young team with no postseason experience, how to win.
CP3 is one of the top 5 point guards in NBA history and he is still adding to his accolades and playoff stats. A first ballot hall-of-famer, who will be enshrined for passing and making his teammates better.