The All-Star point guard for the Houston Rockets is making history for the team.
Chris Paul, despite the doubts from the media that he would not fit in Houston, is playing extremely well with his new team. His numbers are incredible even though quite a few of his games were with limited minutes.
In fact, CP3 is making history. He is the first player to win his first 14 starts for a new team in the shot clock era, according to Elias Sports.
He has been fantastic for the Rockets and all signs are pointing to him continuing his success. What has made him so good in Houston?
Chris Paul is enjoying a very efficient season so far. He is shooting a tremendous 48.6% from the field, 42.9% from 3 & 91.1% from the free throw line. Having two efficient players as the starting guards for a team has worked perfectly for the Rockets.
His shooting from deep has been better than ever. He is shooting his best percentage ever, including 5.7% higher than his career average, and more attempts than ever as well. The free and easy D’Antoni offense has allowed him to shoot more and is resulting in more makes for him as well.
He is currently on a streak of 5 straight games of 20 points or more. He also has the No. 1 offensive rating at an insane 131.7.
The passing of Chris Paul has been as good as ever. After an offseason in which he joined forces with James Harden, it was expected that his assists numbers would go down a decent bit. However, CP3 is still averaging 9.2 assists per game, just 0.7 less than his career average and the same amount as last season.
He has also been very careful with the ball. Paul is averaging just 2.4 turnovers per game even in the fast-paced offense. He seems to be having fun out there, too, putting on a show for the fans at times.
Chris Paul has always been known as one of the best defenders in the league (unless you are Shaq and somehow don’t know that). That is no different this season. He is playing pretty good one-on-one defense and is also averaging 2.4 steals per game. Based on averages alone, he accounts for a turnover on the other team as much as he himself turns it over.
He also passed Kobe Bryant all-time with his total steals:
Always an honor and a blessing to be mentioned with the greats ?? pic.twitter.com/jtr7BkfWoZ
— Chris Paul (@CP3) December 17, 2017
Chris Paul is making history and playing great for the Houston Rockets.
*All stats via Basketball-Reference*