Chris Paul's Leadership Getting Noticed Around The NBA.

Erik Gee

The leadership Chris Paul is displaying for the Thunder is catching the attention of others around the NBA. The latest to weigh in is former Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade. Wade said in a tweet that he loves the way Paul has accepted his leadership role in Oklahoma City and "the basketball gods will reward him."  

Last night Paul took over down the stretch in the Thunder's 127-119 overtime win over the 76ers. Paul scored 27 and had five assists. Sam Presti is hoping Wade is right. But, how the basketball gods reward Paul is the mystery. Paul is averaging 16 points and five assist a game. He's also getting credit for helping mentor young players such as Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. 

Paul would be a welcome addition to the Lakers who might not want to rely on LeBron James at point forward for 82 games and the playoffs. Still at 34 and making over 30 million a year for the next three years definitely makes him less attractive to possible suitors. 

Both Deonte Burton and Justin Patton are expected to be in uniform tonight for Oklahoma City Blue when they host the Westchester Knicks. Buton has played in five games for the Thunder this year and is averaging 3.8 points and 1.4 rebounds in seven minutes. 
Patton has only seen six minutes with the Thunder this season, but in two starts with the Blue, he is averaging 6 points, 6rebounds, 4.5 assist and 4.5 rebounds.  

The Blue and the Knicks tipoff tonight in the Cox Convention center at 7 p.m.