Is Diet Change the Reason Phoenix Suns Star Chris Paul Had an Improved 2020–21 Campaign?

Published 06/15/2021, 10:13 AM 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 never won an NBA title in their organization’s history, and neither has Chris Paul. The Point-God has been incredible this season, leading the Suns’ charge as they reached the Western Conference playoff finals. They will now wait for the winner of the Jazz-Clippers matchup as they look forward to winning their first NBA title.


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Even though Devin Booker has scored tons of points, Chris Paul remains the key component on the team. He is the toughest player in the NBA right now as he puts forward incredible performances late in his career. But what is the reason for this incredible transformation?

From what we know, Paul spoke about being a vegan which resulted in an improvement in his game, as well as his physical attributes.


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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

Chris Paul thriving on the Plant-Based Diet

CP3 looks like a man possessed to win his first NBA title. Despite playing in the NBA for over 15 seasons, this is the closest he has come to winning an NBA championship. The Suns took light note of the Nuggets, as they swept past them 4-0 in their playoff series. Despite all of that, Chris Paul spoke about the importance of his diet change in how it had helped him compete with younger players. Speaking to Men’s health, Paul spoke about how he changed his eating habits.

“I chose a plant-based life. So far, so good. Not easy. But for me, it’s working. I started plant-based in June. I went cold turkey. I tell you: I was itching. I thought I needed a chicken wing or something. But somehow I made it through,” said Paul.

The commitment to the cause is quite remarkable by CP3.

Significantly, he spoke about being fit to hustle the younger players in the league. The plant-based diet is a trend these days as there are results showing improved living standards, as well as being able to have a lesser recovery rate regarding injuries or body aches. This proves why Paul is an example to younger generations.


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Paul and the Suns are leading the way

Coach Monty Williams has silently assembled a world-class team that has ample depth and quality. With Devin Booker, they have a generational talent amongst their ranks. Adding Chris Paul to the mix gives you a dangerous backcourt combo that has run rings around the other teams this season. Similarly, Cp3’s leadership skills have come to the forefront this season as his competitive nature is being passed onto his teammates.

In the series against the Denver Nuggets, Paul averaged 25.5 points, 5 rebounds, and 10.3 assists per game in what was a spell-binding series, for the Suns. Notably, he scored 37 points in game 4 to take the Suns home, hence proving his value to the team.


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Quite an astonishing stat line.

Even though the Suns don’t get a mention like other teams, Paul and co have silently proved the critiques wrong. The Suns have come off age to become the leading contenders for the NBA title. Although they have a lot of young players on the roster, Chris Paul’s calming influence and competitiveness will be the key component for the Suns’ title ambitions, for this season.


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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.



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