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CHRIS PAUL'S IMPACT
November 3, 2008

Chris Paul wont tell you hes the main reason the New Orleans Hornets are scheduled to appear on a franchise-record 13 national television games this season.

Chris Paul wont tell you hes the main reason at least one national publication (Athlons) predicts the Hornets will win the NBA championship this season.

Chris Paul wont tell you hes the main reason the franchise exceeded 10,000 season tickets in the Big Easy for the first time this season.

Chris Paul wont tell you hes the main reason the Hornets captured their first-ever Division Title last season.

Chris Paul wont tell you hes the main reason the Hornets won a franchise-record 56 games last season.

Chris Paul wont tell you hes the main reason the team set a team record with 26 road victories last season.

Chris Paul wont tell you he led the NBA in assists AND steals last season.

Chris Paul wont tell you was the first player to lead the league in both assists and steals since John Stockton in 1991-1992.

Chris Paul wont tell you he became the first player in NBA history to average at least 21 points, 11.6 assists, and 2.7 steals per game.

Chris Paul wont tell you he became the first player in NBA history to record 30 point, 10 assist games in his first two career playoff contests.

Chris Paul wont tell you he finished second in the league in double doubles (56) last season, setting a franchise record in the process.

Chris Paul wont tell you his 925 assists were the most ever by a Hornet.

Chris Paul wont tell you his 217 steals last season was more than any player in franchise history.

The accomplishments continue to add up for the Hornets 23-year-old point guard.
Chris Paul wont tell you that he handed out 10 or more assists a club-record 59 times last season.

Chris Paul wont tell you he finished #1 in the league in assists per game (11.3) during last seasons playoffs.

Chris Paul wont tell you he led all playoff participants in steals per game (2.33) last season.

Chris Paul wont tell you he was ranked #1 in the NBAs playoff efficiency ratings (per 48 minutes) last season.

Chris Paul wont tell you he also ranked #1 in assists per turnover ratio in last seasons playoffs (6.14).

Chris Paul wont tell you he won a gold medal in the summer Olympics in Beijing.

Chris Paul wont tell you he helped head coach Byron Scott become the first Hornets coach ever to win the NBAs Coach-of-the-Year award.

Chris Paul wont tell you he made First Team All-NBA.

Chris Paul wont tell you he finished second to Kobe Bryant in the MVP race.

Chris Paul wont tell you he led the team in starts last season with 80.

Chris Paul wont tell you about his charitable work around New Orleans and his hometown Winston Salem, N.C.


The fact that Chris Paul wont tell you about his accomplishments, his accolades, and his public service tells you a lot about Chris Paul.

This 23-year-old superstar wears stardom as if it were casual attire. He is as comfortable around fans in the 300 level as he is around David Stern.

Why is Chris Paul so loveable, so likeable, so marketable, so best-case scenario for the Hornets and the NBA?

Because he is genuine, he is real, is relatable. Fans GET Chris. They believe he truly wants to help in the rebirth of New Orleans following tragedy. They believe he absolutely enjoys representing the NBA on a national and international scale. They believe his blue collar upbringing and his good, sound family backing is the reason he is so grounded today even as he has emerged as one of the most recognizable sports figures in the world.

So, dont be disappointed if CP3 doesnt brag about his incredible accomplishments on the court and in lifehe has plenty of us to do that for him.

And thats just fine with the best point guard on earth.





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