The Fall of Chris Paul: No Longer a Top 5 Point Guard?

January 1st, 2011 by Justin Key Leave a reply »
The National Basketball Association is chock-full of great point guards. Steve Nash and Jason Kidd are far from slowly fading away, but they’re no longer the showcases of their position.

Every single year the draft is overflowing with point guards, but it’s not watered down.

John Wall out of Kentucky went No. 1 overall in this summer’s draft. 2009 saw Tyreke Evans, Ricky Rubio, Johnny Flynn, Stephen Curry, and Brandon Jennings all go in the lottery and within the first four to 10 picks.

That doesn’t include Ty Lawson, Jrue Holiday, and Darren Collison who were also nabbed in the first round two summers ago.

Looking at the development of Russell Westbrook and Derrick Rose of the 2008 NBA Draft, it’s easy to see the league is changing.

But before all that, there was a draft that navigated the positional-shift in the NBA.

2005 sported Deron Williams, Chris Paul, and Raymond Felton sequentially in the draft with the 3-5 spots. Instantly, Chris Paul became the darling of the NBA, winning Rookie of the Year in the biggest landslide since David Robinson, received 124 out of 125 possible f ...

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