Chris Paul and Superteams

So maybe three days ago I started writing an entry on Chris Paul. At that time it seemed almost seemed like a done deal that Chris Paul would be on the Knicks. A day later I was sold that Chris Paul would be on the Clippers or Warriors. Then yesterday it seemed like the Celtics had a shot at landing Paul, then today it seems like Chris Paul will be a Los Angeles Laker.

First of all, fuck you to stupid hopeless reporters that keep reporting stuff. I was 60% convinced that Chris Paul would be a Warrior and the Warriors would start the season with a starting line up of Paul-Ellis-Wright-Lee-Chandler, which in my opinion is a very strong contender in the West.

Instead the Lakers, whose future seemed to be going down the drain, catch a break and pick up Chris Paul, who should revitalize Bynum’s career… Or we can disregard Bynum and maybe see him get traded to the Magic for Dwight Howard. The combination of Paul and Howard would extend Kobe’s career for a few more years and they can probably get Kobe his 6th ring.

Let’s flash back to how the Lakers got Pau Gasol. They flipped Kwame Brown for Pau Gasol, and now they are trading Pau Gasol for Chris Paul. The Lakers started with Kwame Brown and ended up with Chris Paul. Bravo. And also a side note- Who are the Hornets currently owned by? Yes. This organization called the NBA. I’m not one to complain and whine about some stupid conspiracy about the league being rigged because I know that there are certain scripted and rigged elements, but I really enjoy watching the drama and entertainment that unfolds as a result of these actions. And yea LeBron, you ushered an era of team hopping and NBA star convergence.

Take a look at it like this. According to the ESPN NBA Rank (which I find to be a pretty reasonable list with the exception of Blake Griffin’s ranking), the top 15 NBA players in the league looks like

  1. LeBron James
  2. Dwight Howard
  3. Dwyane Wade
  4. Chris Paul
  5. Dirk Nowitzki
  6. Kevin Durant
  7. Kobe Bryant
  8. Derrick Rose
  9. Deron Williams
  10. Blake Griffin
  11. Pau Gasol
  12. Carmelo Anthony
  13. Amar’e Stoudemire
  14. Steve Nash
  15. Russell Westbrook

Chris Bosh is one of my favorite NBA players to make fun of just because it’s fun and socially acceptable to do that, but he definitely belongs in the Top 20. You look at this list and you have James, Wade, and Bosh on the same team. Chris Paul and Kobe will be on the same team, and possibly Dwight Howard. Dwight Howard also has the other Los Angeles team or New York as possible destinations. Carmelo and Amar’e are on the same team. Any team that lost out in the Chris Paul sweepstakes will find Deron Williams as a very good consolation, so there is the possibility of Deron Williams going to New York or maybe joining the Clippers with Blake Griffin (you heard it here first). There are also some talks of Deron Williams being paired up with Dirk Nowitzki. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are both on the same team. A D’Antoni-Nash-Stoudemire reunion is always possible. Pau Gasol is headed to the Rockets but we were this close to seeing a Paul/Bryant/Gasol trio.

So to put it all into perspective, we could have been looking at teams that looked like

Heat – Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Chris Bosh
Lakers – Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol
Knicks – Steve Nash, Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire
Mavericks – Deron Williams, Dirk Nowitzki
Clippers – Blake Griffin, Dwight Howard
Thunder – Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant

14 of the 15 best NBA players in the league and Chris Bosh who arguably belongs there could have been lumped into the same 6 teams. The lone man that isn’t on a super team is our league’s Most Valuable Player, Derrick Rose.

That would make one hell of a playoffs to have that many stars colliding. It’s like how I sometimes wish that the draft had a rule where only sophomores could come out the NBA draft. Imagine a Kevin Durant/LaMarcus Aldridge duo leading Texas, or imagine how a Kyrie Irving/Austin Rivers backcourt would have worked… Or think about how crazy some Kentucky teams would have been. A frontcourt of Kanter, Jones, Davis, and Kidd-Gilchrist with Knight, Lamb, and Teague in the backcourt? Once we get to the Elite Eight there will be some CRAZY basketball.

And yes the lockout is over. I have a month of winter break where I hope to write a bit more in this blog. I will also be in Hong Kong for about a week that coincides with Christmas so I am looking forward to a crazy all-nighter of NBA games. I really missed basketball. :’)

– Jordan

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