“Greatest Leader to Play this Game” – Devin Booker Hails Chris Paul’s Leadership Following NBA Finals Game 1 Win

Published 07/08/2021, 12:52 AM EDT
Jun 1, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (left) celebrates with Chris Paul against the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half during game five in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


The Phoenix Suns have been a revelation this season. With Devin Booker finally coming of age, the Suns find themselves in the NBA Finals for only the second time in franchise history. The wheels of change started spinning in Phoenix’s favor well before the 2020-21 season or the acquisition of Chris Paul. In fact, Suns’ journey began in the Bubble restart, as some newfound belief saw them go 8-0 in Orlando.

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However, CP3’s acquisition instantly elevated Phoenix to title contenders. In a power-packed Western Conference, Paul’s signing with the Suns saw them instantly leap-frog the competition. The franchise went from a below .500 team with a 34-39 record, to a .708 contender with a 51-21 record in the regular season.

Jun 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) and center Deandre Ayton (22) celebrate beating the LA Clippers in game six of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

The Suns played their first NBA Finals game in over 28 years. And while there were some nerves in the beginning, Paul has waited for this opportunity his entire career.

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Chris Paul took the game over with 32pts and 9asts, while running mates Devin Booker, DeAndre Ayton, and Cam Payne showed up in big moments. Safe to say, whether it be against the Lakers, Nuggets, Clippers, or the Bucks, Nate McMillan’s boys have exceeded expectations.

The Devin Booker – Chris Paul dynamic

DBook, in a post-game presser after Game 1, hailed CP3’s leadership as a driving force in the Suns’ journey to the finals.

In just their first season together, the Booker-Paul chemistry is striking. Both stars complement each other’s games, as the Point God’s passing skills complement Booker’s raw scoring ability.

In fact, this relationship dates back to the last off-season, when just the day after signing with Phoenix, the duo were already putting in the work at the gym!

A few months later, they see themselves in possibly the biggest series of their careers yet to complete their journey to the promised land. Paul and Booker have been sensational these playoffs, averaging 19.0ppg/8.7apg & 27.0ppg/6.2rpg respectively.

CP3 has exemplified the true meaning of a leader, with the younger players all crediting him for their improved performance. Even when the point guard was down with COVID-19, he was in virtual coaching mode on the sidelines.

Commander Paul the 3rd?

Paul, considered one of the greatest point guards ever, looks to cement a place in the top 5 PGs of all time with a championship this season. As a leader, Paul took over in Game 6 of the WCF as he put up 41pts, with 0 turnovers, to send the Clippers home at his old hunting ground, the Staples Center.

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Jun 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) and guard Chris Paul (3) hug as head coach Monty Williams looks on after beating the LA Clippers in game six of the Western Conference Finals for the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports.

In his Hall-of-Fame career, Paul has always wielded the ability to carry below-par teams into the playoffs, as he did with OKC last year.

And even though the Suns were not a lottery team last season, Chris Paul’s ability as a floor general on the court and veteran leader off it is the reason the Suns have made it this far!

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