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Beyond The Mic: Paul Should Have Been All-NBA second team

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Hornets point guard Chris Paul was named to the All-NBA third team yesterday. It’s the third time in his career he’s made the All-NBA team. Paul was selected to the first team after the 2007-2008 season, and then made the second team the following season. If I was the only voter, CP3 would have been All-NBA second team.

Russell Westbrook is an all-star, and arguably the fastest player in the league. However, he is not a better true point guard than Paul. Westbrook is the second option on his own team, as he plays alongside the two-time NBA scoring champion in Kevin Durant. While Chris was not as dominant as he was in 07-08, and in 08-09, he still carried a team with low expectations to a playoff appearance. CP3 was the number one option for New Orleans. Many NBA writers did not pick the Hornets to reach the postseason this year due to a heavy roster turnover, first year head coach, first year GM, and uncertainty of ownership. Yet New Orleans won 46 games and won two games in their playoff series with the Lakers.

Paul, in an all-star season, led the league in steals, was second in total assists, averaged just under 16 points and over 4 rebounds a game. He also led the NBA in assist to turnover ratio. That’s an awesome achievement when you consider how much he has the ball in his hands. For what it’s worth, I would have selected Russell Westbrook to the third team as PG, putting Paul on the second team. As for the rest of the selections, it’s hard to believe no Celtic was selected, but I think the voters got it right. Who would you take off?

2010-11 ALL-NBA FIRST TEAM
Forward LeBron James, Miami (119) 595
Forward Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City (69) 492
Center Dwight Howard, Orlando (118) 593
Guard Kobe Bryant, L.A. Lakers (98) 551
Guard Derrick Rose, Chicago (118) 593

2010-11 ALL-NBA SECOND TEAM
Forward Pau Gasol, L.A. Lakers (2) 259
Forward Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas (47) 437
Center Amar’e Stoudemire, New York (2) 258
Guard Dwyane Wade, Miami (24) 392
Guard Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City 184

2010-11 ALL-NBA THIRD TEAM
Forward LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland 135
Forward Zach Randolph, Memphis 67
Center Al Horford, Atlanta 62
Guard Manu Ginobili, San Antonio 106
Guard Chris Paul, New Orleans 157

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