The Pathos Of Chris Paul

December 24th, 2009 by Andre C Leave a reply »
The summer of 2005 has since haunted the city of Atlanta, and it will continue to do so, long after the candidates selected in that year's draft have retired from professional basketball.

Most observers believed the Hawks would use their lottery pick on Chris Paul, considered by many the best player of a fairly weak draft class. Instead, they elected to take Marvin Williams, whose one-year stint at the University of North Carolina earned him an NCAA championship (something neither Chris Paul nor Deron Williams could accomplish in their two-plus years playing collegiate basketball). 

That, coupled with (Marvin) Williams' height, made him a more attractive fit for a Hawks team heavily reliant on length and athleticism. Chris Paul, whose pre-draft measurements had him listed at 5-11, didn't have the metrics necessary to figure into Atlanta's blueprint.

This would prove a costly error, as the Birds would finish with only 26 wins. In contrast, the Hornets (the team that would go on to select Paul) would finish the season with 38.

But all good ball clubs aren't without their struggles and the Hawks were no exception. With the hard times, ...

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