Phoenix Suns’ Chris Paul Joins Michael Jordan and John Stockton in Rare NBA Record

Published 04/06/2021, 1:55 AM EDT
Apr 5, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul (right) dribbles the ball against Houston Rockets guard Kevin Porter Jr. (left) during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports


It takes a good player to contribute to a team, but it takes a great player to change the team’s fate like never before. This is what Chris Paul and his presence have done to the Phoenix Suns. Not only were the Suns not relevant in the league, nobody had thought that they would be one of the top teams in the Western Conference. But now, the tables have turned. In fact, Paul continues to add accolades to his Hall of Fame-worthy resume, proving what makes him legendary.

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Chris Paul adds another elite record to his name

The Suns are doing pretty well for a team in the second seed. They are on a six-game winning streak, having just defeated the Houston Rockets 133-130. Devin Booker and the rest of the squad deserve credit for it, but if one had to narrow it down to one man, it has to be Chris Paul.

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This shouldn’t be surprising because whichever team CP3 arrives at, he only pushes the team up in standings. If his veteran leadership wasn’t enough to prove that he is one of the best point guards the league has ever seen, his elite steals record should be more evidence of this.

As per The Athletic, “Chris Paul has reached 2,300 career steals. He is the 7th player in NBA history to reach this milestone and only two players have done so in fewer games: John Stockton and Michael Jordan.”

The Phoenix Suns are no longer the underdogs

With the way the Phoenix Suns have been performing, they are not the underdogs in the race anymore. Thanks to Booker and Paul, they’ve been reaching new heights with every win. They’ve learned how to close games, something they were majorly struggling with last year.

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It looks like the Chris Paul effect really does exist. He may not have much postseason success, but it seems like that might change with the Suns. Whether the Suns are capable of becoming title contenders is still up for debate.

Jan 1, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) and guard Chris Paul (3) and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) and center Deandre Ayton (22) and forward Jae Crowder (99) react following a fourth quarter time out against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

However, one thing is certain; they will give the reigning champions a tough time to reclaim their title this season. With any luck, they might be able to steal the first spot from the Utah Jazz too. In fact, the two are scheduled to face each other next. It remains to be seen who will win that intense bout.

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Read also- ‘Spoon-Fed Me’ – Suns’ DeAndre Ayton Discusses How Chris Paul Has Helped Him Grow This Season

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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