The Point God has been on quite the rampage this month. Chris Paul’s put on a masterclass in floor generalship, averaging 15.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 11.2 assists, 1.7 steals and only 2.3 turnovers. Coincidentally, the Phoenix Suns have gone 12-1 this month.
His latest performance against the Minnesota Timberwolves was a great example of how important the 36-year-old point guard has been to the Suns this season, as he finished with a triple-double of 21 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists in a 134-124 win.
He generates so much threat that opposing defenses are simply left confused about how to cover him, which consistently leaves his teammates open for easy buckets.
It’s rare for someone who dishes so many assists to have such a small turnover volume, too, and his teammates certainly appreciate that.
Paul may not be a start in this year’s upcoming All-Star game, but in my mind there’s little doubt that he’s currently the best point guard in the NBA. I say that as someone who counts Ja Morant as his favorite current player. CP3 may not get as many highlight reels, but there’s no arguing about his efficiency and importance to the league’s best team.
The Suns’ last game of January is in a couple of days against the San Antonio Spurs, and even if they lose that one, they’ll still finish with a 12-2 record. If Paul fails to record a single assist in that game, he’ll still finish January averaging 10.4 dimes.
If the MVP is supposed to be the best player on the best team, then Chris Paul certainly deserves to be in that conversation. He may not be as flashy or a high-volume scorer as Devin Booker, but Paul’s steadying hand and masterful guidance on both ends of the floor is the most important factor for the Suns’ continued success in the 2021-22 season.