Posted by Neil Paine on June 24, 2010
According to ESPN, the Hornets could be open to trade offers for Chris Paul.
Contrary to what you may have heard from various talking heads during the playoffs, Chris Paul is still the best PG in the NBA. He was the best PG in the NBA in 2008, when he led the league in Win Shares, was 2nd in PER (behind LeBron James), and finished 2nd in MVP shares. He was the best PG in the NBA in 2009, when he was 2nd in the league in WS, 3rd in PER (behind James & Dwyane Wade), and 5th in MVP shares. And yes, even in an injury-plagued 2010 season, Paul was still the NBA's top PG when healthy -- he still led all PGs with a minimum of 1700 MP in WS/48 and PER.
Let's take a look at the fine lineage of Best PGs in the NBA by Justin's MVP shares method:
You wouldn't trade Bob Cousy in his prime. You wouldn't trade Magic Johnson in his prime. Or Jerry West. And Oscar Robertson didn't get traded until he was 32 years old. So why are the Hornets even entertaining the possibility of trading Chris Paul, who at 25 years old is -- say it with me -- the best point guard in the NBA? You want to rebuild? This is the guy you rebuild around. No matter how bad your financial situation is, you don't trade the best PG in the NBA for draft picks, spare parts, and cap space. Period.