Why Chris Paul Should Be An All-Star

I’ve seen many discussion on why Paul shouldn’t be an All-Star. Here’s a good argument on why he should be one. His efficiency isn’t sexy—which is what most people base their All-Star ballots on—but that efficiency can’t be denied.

Zach Lowe, writing for Grantland:

I’ve seen a lot of ballots that leave off both Griffin and Paul. There’s some room for debate on Griffin, but Paul should be a lock. He’s shooting 47 percent overall and 40 percent from deep, bringing it on defense, and still holding down the title of the league’s best will he pass or shoot???” dual threat on the pick-and-roll.

Doc Rivers’s awful turn as GM has made the Clips a punch line, but don’t sleep on these guys. They’re 31-15, they’re 4-0 in their last four games against the top-nine teams in the West, and they’ve slipped past Dallas into the no. 1 spot in points per possession. Paul is ninth in player efficiency rating, and he’s driving the Clippers’ quiet surge. Los Angeles has scored 116.3 points per 100 possessions with Paul on the floor, and just 97.3 when he sits — one of the largest gaps in the league. Their putrid bench factors into that, but Paul has to be in the All-Star Game.

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