You might as well erase all thoughts in regards to Lebron James, Kevin Durant, and Carmelo Anthony from your MVP talk; Chris Paul is playing the best basketball of his career. Paul is the most important player on the LA Clippers team. He runs the offense more effectively than any point guard in the NBA and as I witnessed the LA Clippers dismantle the L.A. Lakers yet again, I saw focus, anger, and determination in the veteran guards face. During the Lakers game I said to myself, “he’s on a mission.” I have never witnessed Chris Paul more focused on the court, it’s like he was possessed. This year the basketball gods hath chosen Chris Paul to play on a level unlike any player in the NBA this year and his reward will certainly be the NBA MVP.
Paul is among the league leaders in assist-per-game with 9.0, points-per-game with 17.0, 2.6 steals-per-game, and free throw percentage,(.899), making him an instant selection for All-NBA 1st Team for the third time in his career. Lob City wouldn’t be the most exciting ticket in town if Chris Paul were not present, actually, Paul should thank David Stern for blocking the transaction allowing him to be traded to the Lakers because I doubt the chemistry would be the same with an old LA Lakers front line. Steve Nash and Paul have similar style games, yet the Lakers are barely a .500 team. The Clippers achieved a 17-game win streak until the Denver Nuggets placed a small dent on a near perfect two month record for the hottest team in the league. With that being said, lets get to the point – my predictions, brace yourself.
I predict Chris Paul will win NBA MVP while Kevin Durant will finish a close second among votes. The Clippers will finish with the second best record in the Western Conference with 50+ wins, unfortunately the L.A Clippers will meet the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference finals where they will lose the series 4-3. The OKC front line will be too much for the Clippers. Kevin Martin will help carry the load scoring wise for the Thunder while Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins will be too much for the Clippers to handle on the offensive and defensive rebounding end of the court. You read it here first. What do you think?