The best point guard in the league is now, once again Chris Paul, according to ESPN writers that is. The compilation of votes were put together by 90 or so writers associated with ESPN and the top five went like this:
1. Lebron James
2. Dwight Howard
3. Dwyane Wade
4. Chris Paul
5. Dirk Nowitzki
Derrick Rose was ranked 8th ahead of Deron Williams (9th) and Steve Nash (14th).
Now you might think (Bulls fans out there) that I agree with these rankings. I do not. Nowitzki should definetly be ahead of Paul, after that title he has to be right? Should Rose be ahead of Paul? Well I wouldn’t be angry if he was, he did win the meaningless MVP award and statsitically had his best season as the Bulls made their way to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Chris Paul meanwhile played one of his worst seasons ever but made amends in the playoffs against the Los Angeles Lakers. The Hornets didn’t win the series, but Paul showcased why he was once by far and way the best point-guard in the league. Still, it was against Derrick Fisher and CP did have an atrocious NBA year.
Like I said before, Rose being ahead of Paul would make sense, but I think people like Paul more because of the way he plays not to the degree of which he succeeds. The expectations for Rose are extremely high because he team-mates are so talented. CP on the other hand does not have those same expectations.
I’m not trying to justify why ESPN had him higher, I think though if Paul can extend the play he showed in the playoffs into the next regular season then there will be no question who the better point-guard is. I’m not sure if he will.
Perhaps the rankings were decided by Lebron James and his henchmen…. One can only speculate.