With all the talk about Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, and other young point guards that have emerged as elite players over the last few seasons, Chris Paul‘s name may have been lost in the shuffle. The 10-year veteran has done nothing but be great over the span of his 10-year career, and when the “Best Point Guards in the League” conversations happen, his name should be near the top of the list, if not atop it.
The Sacramento Kings were reminded of that last night during their match-up with Paul’s Clippers in Sacramento, as the former Wake Forest standout showed up and showed out with a 40-point, 13-assist, 8-rebound performance, one of his best games of the last few seasons. Naturally, it was frustrating for the Kings, because they sport a stellar point guard of their own in Rajon Rondo, but neither he nor any other wing player that tried to stop Paul on the evening had an answer for his offensive prowess.
That became very apparent to DeMarcus Cousins as the game waned on, and when he realized the traditional way of defending NBA players would be futile against Paul, he decided to try a more innovative method: dodgeball.
This is just another development in the very interesting relationship between Cousins and Paul. If you remember, DMC streaked across the court after a game with the Clippers in 2013 to make sure his teammate, current Boston Celtic Isaiah Thomas, didn’t shake hands with Paul.