There's no denying the talent Phoenix Suns Chris Paul has.
Questions going into the later stages of his career and when he may start slowing down are the only marks on an otherwise clean slate of play that has helped guide the Suns to some memorable moments the last two seasons.
Paul, 37-years-old, enters his third season in Phoenix and his 18th overall in the league.
Suns fans saw Paul's play drop considerably in the postseason, although there's speculation he was masking an injury and trying to play through. Will we see that continued into the 2022-23 season?
In their Top 100 player rankings for this season, ESPN slated Paul at No. 21 with this explanation:
"2021 NBArank: No. 13
"One huge question for 2022-23: Did the Mavericks series signal the end of Paul's dominant days? The 'Point God' was diminished against Dallas, averaging just 8.8 points, 6.3 assists, 2.8 turnovers and 4.0 fouls in Games 4 through 7, as the Suns' playoff run ended in the second round. At 37 and entering his 18th season, the clock is running against him.
"Why he could exceed his ranking in 2022-23: Count out CP3 at your own risk. Remember when ESPN BPI gave the Oklahoma City Thunder just a 0.2% chance of making the playoffs in Paul's lone season with the franchise and he led them to a 44-38 record and Game 7 in the first round against the Houston Rockets? -- Dave McMenamin"
Paul finished right above players such as Jaylen Brown and Bam Adebayo while finishing behind Anthony Davis and Bradley Beal.
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