Point God: Chris Paul is the prototype

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We are wit­ness­ing the era of the point guard. It’s one of the deep­est posi­tions in the League, with so many tal­ented play­ers, and so many dif­fer­ent takes on the posi­tion itself. The hyper­ac­tive, attack­ing guards (Rose, West­brook, Wall, Law­son), the shoot first, scor­ing guards (Steph, Irv­ing, Lil­lard) , the big guards (Deron, Carter-Williams, Hol­i­day). There are celebrity guards (Lin­san­ity), aging offen­sive geniuses (Nash), do-everything offen­sively chal­lenged geniuses (Rondo, Rubio). & Lebron – who, lets face it, is essen­tially a point guard first & reluc­tant but dom­i­nant scorer sec­ond – Magic & Michael’s secret love child engi­neered to near per­fec­tion in Stern Laboratories.

But in this con­ver­sa­tion, in this era where there are mul­ti­ple def­i­n­i­tions for pos­si­bly the most cru­cial posi­tion in bas­ket­ball (unless you’re run­ning the Tri­an­gle), there is only one pro­to­type – the true point guard – Chris Paul.

What makes him the essence is not the high­lights – crossovers, fancy fall­aways, crazy han­dles or per­fect passes. But he does have his fair share of those and they’re all pretty ridicu­lous. He even shows some rare explo­sive­ness (#2 – His clas­sic dunk on Dwight)

 

He is not the fastest, or the most ath­letic. He’s not an Elite shooter. He is usu­ally the small­est player on court. But one could argue that he is among the smartest. He is des­tined for coach­ing once this part of his career is over. I don’t think any­one has a bet­ter under­stand­ing of the ‘flow’ of a game. That instinc­tive under­stand­ing of when to defer to his team, when to attack, how never to hurry or try too hard. Always in con­trol. Some form of child­hood trauma has to be respon­si­ble for this level of genius. Its THAT good.

And this early sea­son, he has put his entire reper­toire on dis­play already, orches­trat­ing sub­lime mas­ter­pieces against some of the best teams in the West. Teams they’re sure to face on their way to title they hope to finally con­tend for.

First there was the 42 & 15 against Steph & the Dubs. That stat line alone reads like a typo, essen­tially imply­ing that he was sin­gle­hand­edly respon­si­ble for around 80–90 of his team’s points (give or take a few of the makes being threes, and some passes lead­ing to free throws that dont count as ‘assists’)

 

& then today’s game against the Rock­ets where he had 9 assists en route to lead­ing his team to 40 points IN THE FIRST QUARTER.

 

 

 

 

With the way the game is chang­ing, I’m not sure if we will see another player play this posi­tion quite like him, but while he’s here, its imper­a­tive that we sit back and be amazed.

 

& speak­ing of some of his gems, who can for­get what he did  with an under­manned Hor­nets team to the then defend­ing champ Lakers.

 

 

 

He was even kind enough to pay for all the ther­apy Bynum needed after.

Dev Kabir Malik has a clinically alarming dependence on basketball and spends most of his time watching, analyzing, writing and even playing a little pickup (and some 2K too). In the little time he has left, he dabbles with design, art & music.