Chris Paul: The Smartest Player in the NBA

December 6th, 2009 by Joe Gerrity Leave a reply »
When one thinks of a basketball genius, Chris Paul's name has to come to mind.

Standing at only six feet tall, he takes advantage of rules that taller players don't even think to do. What makes him so smart?


The Two and One

When there are 50 seconds or less left in any quarter, Paul takes full advantage. If possible, he manages the game so that the Hornets get a shot off with 30 seconds left on the clock.

This allows his team to almost always get two shots off, while the other team is stuck shooting just one.

It might not seem like a ton, but that little move gives the Hornets one additional shot, worth a bonus of approximately of 1.2 points each time he does it.


The Cut in Front

While dribbling down court, he does something that I've rarely seen in my 20 or so years of watching the league.

He speeds in front of a player on the opposing team, cuts in front while dribbling, and then just stops.

If the opposing player isn't athletic enough or paying close enough attention, he runs into him and gets called for a foul.

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