Originally Posted by Dr. Real
I didn't say he was the best PG in the league neither did I say he wasn't. I took issue with him being "overrated" because he's "never been out of the second round". That is what I said was a weak basis for an argument.
I was just pointing out that there wasn't much opportunity to advance past the 2nd round in New Orleans when your most notable teammates are Okafor and David West. As for the Clippers, they are just now comin into their own. TP fell into a good situation when he landed on a championship contender in his rookie season. CP3 didn't have that luxury. Now if he hasn't achieved that after several years with a contendin Clipper team, that would be a problem. What would we be sayin about TP had he landed in New Orleans? It's easy to say this guy or that guy hasn't been to the WC Finals but it's not always a fair assessment. People in the know can watch the guy play and look at the fact he's always at the top in steals and assists and tell he isn't "overrated".
It is difficult to know what TP would have been if he landed in NO because Pop basically built TP from scratch. You have to judge players for where they are not what they could have been.
Just because we say Paul is overrated doesn't mean we think he isn't a great player. The thing is Paul is regularly regarded as the third best player in the league, and that has been the case since way back when the Spurs won the last championship lead by one Tony Parker.
Chris Paul has had plenty of good teammates, Tyson Chandler, David West, Emeka Okafor, Blake Griffin (third in MVP voting this year by the way), J Crawfor, etc, etc.
At some point, you have to put up or shut up. Name me one elite perennial all-star who hasn't made it out of the second round since 1990. And before you say Tracy McGrady, I will remind you that he's played in the NBA finals
, so there. I can't think of one, so if y'all can, maybe, just maybe I'll start to reconsider.