NBA Scout Explains How a Diet Change Helped Chris Paul in the Playoffs in Recent Seasons

Published 07/12/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
Jan 1, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) drives as center Deandre Ayton (22) sets a block against Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris (11) in the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports


Hitting the gym and making those reps count isn’t the only fitness requirement for NBA players. Rather, diet is an essential component of a sportsman’s health and Phoenix Suns’ Chris Paul is doing it right this time.

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The 2020-21 season has witnessed numerous top-notch players suffer injuries. Some of them, such as LeBron James was benched for 20 games during the regular season. To add to the misery, other names on the list include Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, Jamal Murray, and more.

The league’s 36-YO ‘point god’ Chris Paul has saved himself from falling apart from his team this season. And Paul will be thanking the plant-based diet that he adopted during the 2019 summer. The NBA veteran has kept his guilty pleasures in check during his twilight years in the league. The initial stages of leaving chicken and other dairy products were difficult for Paul, but he eventually turned it into a habit.

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May 23, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) falls over Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (3) in the second half during game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Phoenix Suns’ Chris Paul is working on his health

In recent times, many athletes have started switching to vegan health patterns. Paul is another addition to the club.

As its advantages work, a plant-based diet helped increase his performance levels on the court. The Eastern Conference scout told Bleacher Report. “I know CP3 has been good to go healthwise for the most part the last couple of years. But I think that has more to do with his diet [Paul has embraced a vegan diet since 2019-20] than anything else.”

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Jul 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez (11) loses the ball against Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton (22) and guard Chris Paul (3) during the first half in game one of the 2021 NBA Finals at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Diet and performance going hand in hand

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This season goes in Chris Paul‘s profile as one of his most important years in the league. His leadership in Suns’ road to the Finals and his individual accolades were clear signs of an experienced player on the roster. Paul is averaging 19.2 points, 8.7 assists, and 3.6 rebounds in the ongoing postseason. Additionally, one can’t overlook what he has brought to the franchise alongside young Devin Booker.

With more and more players falling to injuries, it becomes an unfortunate setup for potential teams. Fans couldn’t watch their favorite players going into the playoffs because they weren’t healthy. That has to be one of the most frustrating moments for the league.

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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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