‘Been This Good for 16 Years’: Former Phoenix Suns Player Explains How Chris Paul is Still Underrated

Published 07/03/2021, 12:07 PM EDT
May 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) controls the ball against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half in game four of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The Phoenix Suns have emerged as the Western Conference kings, all thanks to their astute All-star – Chris Paul. They eliminated the LA Clippers in a six-game series to clinch a berth in the Finals for the first time in franchise history since 1993.

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It was a celebratory night for Phoenix city and especially for the man of the match, Chris Paul. The star guard has worked for 16 years in the league to get to this moment. And finally, it turned into reality under his favorite coach Monty Williams.

Paul dominated the WCF Game 6 matchup with 41 points in his bag. Devin Booker added another 22 points, and the Suns won by a margin of 130-103. The Clippers fell apart to Paul’s experienced moves that accelerated during the second half of the game.

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Channing Frye Calls Chris Paul a ‘true point guard’

It was an utterly emotional moment for Chris Paul, going into the finals for the first time in his ecstatic career. Having said that, a former champion, Channing Frye had an entire bag of words for the Suns’ star.

Channing opened up on the Dan Patrick Show – “I think Chris Paul is still underrated. Everyone now is talking about how good he is just because he went to the Finals. I said, ‘Dude, he’s been this good for 16 years.”

Talking about those players who never had a chance to win yet are a tremendous piece of art, Paul comes to Channing’s mind in the first go. “Chris Paul has been ridiculously good in his time and he’s a true point guard. Those things are like antiques nowadays. Everyone turned into a combo guard because they couldn’t get Chris Paul.”

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The accuracy of this statement is witnessed in Paul’s terrific performances on the court.

Jun 24, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) controls the ball against Los Angeles Clippers guard Patrick Beverley (21) during the first half in game three of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

The 11-time All-star currently stands closest to his career’s first NBA ring. Alongside a talent in the name of Devin Booker, Phoenix holds high stakes of bringing that trophy home. After knocking out banner franchises from the league all along, Phoenix Suns and their key man must be proud of how far they have come!

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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