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NBA Teams Should Not Sign Chris Paul (2017 Free Agency)

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Even though Chris Paul is going to be the most sought-after point guard this summer, it would be best if teams decided not to sign him.Throughout his career, Paul has been described as the type of player who constantly dribbles the ball as he tries to analyze what the opposing team is doing and where to pass the ball. In fact, during an interview on The Herd with Colin Cowherd his former Clipper teammate Glen “Big Baby” Davis accused him of dribbling too much; stating that Paul “has his way about himself. ‘I’m Chris Paul, give me the ball, I’m gonna dribble, dribble… I’ll shoot”. As a result, any team that was to sign Paul would need to implement an offensive system similar to the Los Angeles Clippers. For instance, Paul would bring the ball up to the three-point line and then a big man would set a screen. Once the pick was set Paul would pay attention to his defender to determine the next course of action, for instance, if the defender went under the screen, Paul would go over it and take the wide open shot. On the other hand, if the defender went over the screen, Paul would go over it as well and drive towards the basket where he would score or pass the ball to the player next to him or to the perimeter depending on whether he was double teamed or not. While this system has given Paul a substantial amount of regular season success, there is one minor tweak that could catapult his career to the next level. The team would need to get a stretch power forward instead of the traditional power forward as it would prevent the opposing team from clogging the paint; thus giving Paul multiple options on how to attack the defense.

However, it would be unwise for a team to shape a roster around his skill set because the body of Chris Paul has started to break down over the last few seasons. For five of the past six seasons with the Clippers, Paul has missed eight or more regular season games due to various injuries; which include a torn ligament in his left thumb, AC joint separation and a left hamstring injury. If this trend were to continue for the rest of his career, his team would lose the majority of its games because there is no backup point guard who can replicate what he does. Furthermore, the select few who are capable of passing the ball like him (Lebron James, Ricky Rubio, John Wall and Rajon Rondo) are bonafide starters seem unlikely to accept backup role next season. Therefore it would be best if NBA teams avoid Chris Paul this summer.

 

 

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