Basketball in the NBA is a game of heroes and legends, inspiring their loyal fans. As the dust sets on a generation of superstars, it’s time to reminisce about their exploits and legacies.
Spotlight on: Chris Paul
The legacy: The 6-footer will go down as one of the greatest playmakers in League history and one of its most inspirational ‘little guys’. Despite his diminutive stature, Chris Paul has managed to dominate the NBA for nearly a decade and a half with his cerebral passing and fearless style of play. His crafty ball-handling against completely hapless bigs has been emulated on playgrounds all across the globe, while his timing and flair on pick-and-roll alley-oop passes have restored this lost art to its former glory.
Evolution of his game: Coming into the NBA as an undersized but super-quick floor general, Paul spent his Hornets years battling Deron Williams for the title of best young point guard in the League, eventually taking the lead for the intensity of his defense. As the years went by, the guard out of Wake Forest has relied less and less on his speed and handles in bursting by his man to create scoring opportunities. Instead, he now takes his time to probe the defense for options, and controls the game via perfectly-delivered pocket passes. He has also refined his own scoring game, becoming one of the deadliest midrange scorers around with his ability to put his defender on skates.
Most memorable moments: Chris Paul has had memorable moments wherever he went. With the Hornets, he was a regular fixture on the MVP shortlist, and with the Clippers he brought excitement in the form of Lob City as they shook free of their past to become one of the most popular teams in the League. The Houston Rockets will be hoping that his most memorable moment is yet to come, having traded several valuable pieces to acquire him in the hopes of securing an NBA title.