OKC Thunder: Chris Paul resurgence puts him in MVP conversation

Chris Paul #3 of the OKC Thunder celebrates (Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander #2 of the Oklahoma City Thunder is congratulated by Chris Paul #3 following an NBA game . (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /

Seventh: Chris Paul – 28 points

OKC Thunder clutch time king Chris Paul should add this to his portfolio. Better yet he should send it to every writer who suggested his contract was an albatross and in order for Sam Presti to offload Paul, the GM would need to attach copious draft picks nabbed in the trades this offseason.

Scan those six names in front of Paul and look at their rosters. Only Antetokounmpo is missing another superstar. Granted, he does have the benefit of a deep bench and fellow All-Star Khris Middleton. Doncic has Porzingis although he is still finding his rhythm as he returns from missing an entire season.

Although the Thunder captain has rising star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander he’s not an All-Star (yet) unlike Davis, Russell Westbrook or Paul George.

That factor alone makes his placement at seventh on this list a revelation. It punctuates how much he still has in the tank and where the pundits rank his game. The other overwhelming takeaway is I’d be shocked if CP3 doesn’t make one of the All-NBA teams when he’s ranking seventh in MVP votes.

Specifically, the Point God nabbed two third-place votes, five four-place votes, and three fifth-place votes for a total of 28 points.