Blow out the candles, Chris Paul. You have 36 of them on your cake today. Be careful. That is a lot of fire. If anything happens, I’m sure your buddy Jake from State Farm can help you out. Like a good neighbor...
Paul, astrologically a Taurus, has yet to show his age during his 16th NBA season. Typically aging point guards are not productive. Prior to this season, only three players have ever averaged 8.5 assists or more at 35+ years of age:
- Steve Nash (three times)
- John Stockton (three times)
- Jason Kidd (twice)
Paul currently is average 8.8 assists for the Phoenix Suns as he turns the page to chapter 36 of his life and with 6 games remaining in the 2020-21 regular season, he looks to add his name to that elite list of late-career distributors.
Chris Paul has enjoyed inking his name into the annals of NBA history. This season he has passed Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson on the all-time assist leaderboard. He is now one of six players ever to total of 10,000 assists.
Paul has played in all but one game this season for the Phoenix Suns and has a case for MVP consideration. His contributions, both statistically and from leadership standpoint, has changed the course of the franchise. His signing signified that Phoenix can once again be a destination for players looking to win and to be a part of something special.
Thank you, Chris Paul, for showing this young core of talent what it takes to win. For instilling the fight and attitude necessary to be successful night in and night out in the NBA. For being a part of the culture change. You have lived up to your massive contract.
Cheers to 36 years. Hopefully your 36th trip around the sun involves you hoisting the Larry O’Brien trophy.