Former NBA Champion Picks Chris Paul and Phoenix Suns to Win NBA Finals Over Milwaukee Bucks

Published 07/04/2021, 6:30 AM EDT
May 13, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) dribbles the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first half at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports


Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks will face off in the 2021 NBA finals. Likewise, it is Chris Paul who has taken up the leadership role at Phoenix. The 36-year-old has taught this team how to compete and helped young players to perform on the big stage.

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However, Chris Paul has continued to play at a high level even at 36. He was their best player in the Clippers series even though he missed the first 2 games. His game does not seem to decline, as he keeps shocking everyone.

Jun 26, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) reacts as time runs out in the Suns victory over the LA Clippers in game four of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Former NBA champion, Mark Aguirre, spoke on Chris Paul’s impact on the Suns.

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Mark Aguirre on Chris Paul helping mould Phoenix

Mark Aguirre, on the SiriusXM NBA Radio, spoke about how Chris Paul has created a culture at Phoenix. He said Chris Paul has done a great job with the young group in Phoenix. He said:

“Chris Paul is the most valuable player in the NBA right now because, for that team to play as poised as they are and looking at the young kids that are playing. I look at what Chris Paul has moulded them into, Horn you know what I’m saying. When you were the ‘Bad Boy’ you played this way, they have an identity now. They know how they are gonna play and they play that way, and I put that to Monty and Chris Paul and the young kids for believing in it.”

Aguirre then said that the Phoenix Suns are his picks to win it all this year. Aguirre said: “I’m really impressed with them. I think that considering the landscape now, I think they win the title, I really do.”

It is evident who Aguirre is siding with and for good reason. Chris paul and the Phoenix Suns have been on a roll. They eliminated the defending champions, Lakers, in the first round.

In addition, they swept the MVP Jokic and the Denver Nuggets in the second round. And now, they beat the Clippers to reach the NBA Finals.

Notably, it was Chris Paul who scored 41 points with no turnovers who helped Phoenix take the last game against the Clippers.

Feb 13, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) celebrate during the second half against the Philadelphia 76ers at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Suns are a great Unit and it will be exciting to see how they handle the ‘Deers’ in the NBA finals.

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Who is Mark Aguirre?

The Dallas Mavericks drafted Mark Aguirre with the first pick in the NBA draft in 1981. Aguirre was a dominant force in his tenure with the Mavs.

He owns the highest single-season scoring average record in Mavs history with 29.5 points in the 1983-84 season. Moreover, he owns 4 of the top 10 single-season scoring averages in Mavericks history.

He was subject to being double-teamed almost his entire career. Yet, he fought through and averaged 24.6 points for his career with the Mavs.

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 13: Former NBA player Isiah Thomas attends NBAPA All-Star Youth Summit: Real Talk on February 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/BET/Getty Images for BET)

He was later traded to the ‘Bad Boy’ Pistons and joined forces with Isiah Thomas. Aguirre showed he can play with a successful team by taking fewer shots than before.

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Because of injuries, his minutes also subsequently declined, with young Dennis Rodman getting more minutes. He won 2 championships with Detroit.

He played his final season with the Clippers and retired in 1994 with a career average of 20 points per game. Who do you think will win the NBA finals? Let us know in the comments

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