Mighty Mouse Disregards “Point God” Chris Paul for Isiah Thomas and Allen Iverson

Published 12/28/2023, 8:58 PM EST

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When given a choice to choose from top point guards, the “Mighty Mouse” pretty much disregards Chris Paul. Damon Stoudamire is arguably one of the players you wouldn’t expect among basketball’s big men. But he made his mark in the NBA, alright. And joining the Knuckleheads Podcast, the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets HC talks about his NBA days.

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But when his former teammate, Darius Miles, gave him an imaginary situation, his response was not in favor of CP3. Stoudamire was given three players that he had to start, bench, and trade. The candidates he puts forward are all legendary point guards – Isiah “Zeke” Thomas, Allen Iverson, and “Point God” Chris Paul.

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His answer? “I am starting Zeke, I am benching Allen, and I’m cutting CP.” While this might ruffle a few feathers, his choices aren’t that surprising. Looking at each of their achievements alone provides enough reason to justify his decision, imaginary or not.

Isiah Thomas was a “bad boy” through and through for the Pistons. Zeke’s accolades also feature two rings and Finals MVP. Iverson, on the other hand, was the 1997 Rookie of the Year and the 2001 MVP. Moving to the 38-year-old guard, except for being the 2006 ROTY, Paul is yet to land an NBA title or be an MVP.

But that doesn’t paint the full picture, wouldn’t you agree?

Taking a look at the legendary point guards over the years

Let’s start with Lord Thomas. He is probably known more for the historic rivalry against Michael Jordan. While there have been many rivals over the years, none have come close to the Isiah-Jordan rivalry. On the court, though, he was a beast. Playing through the many injuries that plagued him, the longevity factor wasn’t exactly his forte.

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But he was one of the most reliable point guards the Pistons ever got. Zeke was not one to shy away from challenges, as portrayed in the way he locked horns with MJ. He was also the face of one of the most feared teams of the ’80s – the Bad Boy Pistons.

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Moving to Allen Iverson; he was more or less compared to Pete Maravich, one of the most entertaining and talented players of his era. Iverson was a ball-dominant player with zero concern for his undersized stature.

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Not bothered by the towering giants in front of him, AI was key for bringing stability to a fumbling Sixers team. But what he lacked in offensive inefficiency, he made for it in his overall energy and persona. And while his teammates had immense respect for his skills, it was hard to find a support cast to build around him. AI not only changed the way players dribbled the ball, but his overall cultural impact on the sport was UNDENIABLE. Players like Dwyane Wade often mentioned how Bubba Chuck was the main reason he chose to wear #3 in his career.

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This is something that Chris Paul has no problem with. Walking into a dynasty that has a group of players who are essentially the foundation of the team, there were concerns about CP3’s fit. But the “Point God” himself had just one goal – a title. And he was willing to do anything for it. As much as it was an individual mission, the title run is also a group effort.

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Paul has been a blessing off the bench for the Warriors this season. It also provided the younger players with leadership and Chris with more than enough time with the ball. Looking at the overall picture, while he didn’t have the impact that the legendary point guards had, Paul has made his mark.

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Do you agree with Mighty Mouse’s picks? If you had to choose between these three diminutive point guards, what would your selection be? Let us know in the comments.

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