In our forums we’ve had an ongoing debate on whether Chris Paul is really any better than Raymond Felton . Yeah, I know that CP3 is your runaway favorite to be the 2006 rookie of the year, hes everybody’s media darling, solid citizen, everybody loves him, blah blah blah, but lets look at it a little more closely. As always, numbers don’t lie.
Games which they’ve played more than 35 minutes:
Felton 16.7 points, 6.6 assists, 5.1 rebounds 46%FG 50% 3pFG
Paul 16.2 points, 8.0 assists, 5.4 rebounds 43%FG 30% 3pFG
Over the past two games when hes been able to play the majority of his minutes at the point guard spot , and hes put up all star caliber numbers.
16 points 13 assists 7 rebounds
30 points 10 assists 7 rebounds 5 steals
In my ( slightly biased ) opinion, Chris Paul is a solid player, but Raymond is every bit his equal. Felton came into a situation where the team already had an established veteran point guard, so for the first portion of the season he had to get his minutes at backup PG. Once the Bobcats got hit with a wave of injuries he was forced to play out of position as the starting shooting guard, CP3 on the other hand walked into a team that had a gaping hole at point guard, so he was given the keys to the car from day one. An argument that I get from the Chris Paul supporters is that hes led them back to the spotlight, into playoff contention yada, yada, yada, but lets get serious. CP3 isn’t leading his team back to the playoffs, when they hold the draft lottery this year, The Hornets will be praying for their ping pong ball to come up, just like the Bobcats. Go ahead all of you Chris Paul groupies, bash me all that want to, but the fact remains we’ve got a rookie point guard just as good as yours…. and maybe a little better.