Chris Paul vs. Other All-Time Great NBA Point Guards
By John Hareas

Sorry, Magic. Move over Stockton. Nash? Not even close. Step aside Jason (oh, wait, he did). In his first foray in the NBA Playoffs, Chris Paul is obviously playing great. How great? Historic great.

After seven career playoff games, Paul is averaging 24.3 points and 12.1 assists while shooting 50 percent from the field, numbers that easily surpass his contemporaries at the point guard position after the same number of games Ė Allen Iverson (23.7, 4.4), Kidd (12.7, 10.), Nash (2.0, 0.4), Chauncey Billups (12.9, 3.9), and Tony Parker (14.6, 3.6).

Whatís most impressive is that Paulís numbers are better than legendary point guards Lenny Wilkens (15.4, 4.6), Walt Frazier (16.1, 9.3), Nate Archibald (18.7, 5.9), Magic (16.4, 10.4) and John Stockton (5.4, 3.6) after seven games. Only Earl Monroe (28) and Bob Cousy (27.3) averaged more points than Paul but their assist numbers are less than half of CP3ís. While Isiahís scoring average is similar (24.6) his assists also come up short (6.4).

What might be somewhat of a surprise in viewing the all-time great point guard playoff numbers is that Paulís stats are identical to Kevin Johnsonís in points (24) and assists (12.1) although K.J.ís shooting percentage isnít nearly as good (.453).

Chris Paul the greatest playoff point guard in NBA history? After seven career games, you can make the case.

Chris Paul vs. Other All-Time Great NBA Point Guards (After 7 Playoff Games)
Player Thr-Date G FG FGA FG% FT FTA FT% REB RPG AST APG PTS PPG
Earl Monroe 03/29/1970 7 74 176 .420 48 58 .828 31 4.4 28 4.0 196 28.0
Bob Cousy 03/21/1953 7 50 147 .340 91 101 .901 32 4.6 39 5.6 191 27.3
Isiah Thomas 11/12/1981 7 61 126 .484 49 68 .721 20 2.9 45 6.4 172 24.6
Chris Paul 05/05/2008 7 63 126 .500 40 51 .784 34 4.9 85 12.1 170 24.3
Kevin Johnson 05/13/1989 7 48 106 .453 71 77 .922 33 4.7 85 12.1 168 24.0
Allen Iverson 11/13/1996 7 55 116 .474 39 66 .591 30 4.3 31 4.4 166 23.7
Nate Archibald 04/09/1980 7 46 126 .365 39 47 .830 11 1.6 41 5.9 131 18.7
Magic Johnson 04/23/1980 7 37 73 .507 39 48 .813 67 9.6 73 10.4 115 16.4
Walt Frazier 03/30/1969 7 41 83 .494 31 41 .756 43 6.1 65 9.3 113 16.1
Lenny Wilkens 04/01/1961 7 40 100 .400 28 38 .737 42 6.0 32 4.6 108 15.4
Tony Parker 05/07/2002 7 42 90 .467 9 15 .600 23 3.3 25 3.6 102 14.6
Chauncey Billups 04/20/2003 7 27 73 .370 30 40 .750 29 4.1 27 3.9 90 12.9
Jason Kidd 04/25/1998 7 33 82 .402 15 25 .600 37 5.3 70 10.0 89 12.7
John Stockton 05/02/1985 7 10 26 .385 18 24 .750 18 2.6 25 3.6 38 5.4
Steve Nash 04/27/1998 7 6 14 .429 1 2 .500 4 0.6 3 0.4 14 2.0

In Case You Were Wondering
Player Thr-Date G FG FGA FG% FT FTA FT% REB RPG AST APG PTS PPG
Michael Jordan 04/22/1986 7 82 173 .474 82 97 .845 42 6.0 51 7.3 248 35.4
Jerry West 03/22/1961 7 53 117 .453 36 55 .655 63 9.0 41 5.9 142 20.3
Courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau
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