“A Different Realm”: Former NBA Player Predicts Phoenix Suns will Have a Breakout Year with Chris Paul

Published 11/24/2020, 12:03 PM EST
Dec 6, 2019; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul (3) celebrates after guard Dennis Schroder made a basket to tie the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the end of regulation at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Oklahoma City won in overtime 139-127. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports


Many people believe that the Suns have made themselves a contender in the West by acquiring Chris Paul from OKC. After being linked with the Clippers, Knicks, and the Lakers in the off-season, he surprisingly went to Phoenix. It is a pleasant surprise, however, as people in the NBA know what his leadership and experience add to the team.

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Brevin Knight believes Chris Paul will add ‘toughness’

Brevin Knight was the 5 ft 10 inch point guard who had a nomadic 13-year career in the NBA. He acknowledged that before teams could tick mark the Suns as an easy win, they will have to grind it out in Phoenix. Expecting fireworks in the west this season, Knight said, “The one thing that will happen is now that you have full battles throughout the Western Conference as you go… If you don’t step on the floor ready, that’s what Chris Paul brings to the Phoenix Suns. You will not walk out of there with a victory as easy as it could have been in the past. “

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Nov 19, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul (3) steals the ball from Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) in the first half of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Once-USA TODAY Sports

As a guy who played in the same position as ‘CP3’, Knight knows how much of an influence Paul could be. Also, getting Jae Crowder from the Miami Heat has added more bite to their frontcourt. Knight knows that elevates them to a different dimension now and said:

“So because of his (Paul) influence and because of Monty Williams’ influence, and then also getting Jae Crowder. The toughness side of the Phoenix Suns, now you couple that with the skill players that they have. Then that puts them in a different realm and that’s what those two vets (Paul and Crowder) can do for them.”

Assessing Suns’ chances with Paul

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The team in Phoenix becomes an automatic playoff contender with Paul’s addition. Having a bonafide young scorer in Devin Booker, they might just have the best back-court in the league. Also, Paul has previously played under coach Monty Williams and is a fan of his tactics. That will bode well for team chemistry.

DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 24: Devin Booker (1) of the Phoenix Suns works with a pick set by Cheick Diallo (14) as Gary Harris (14) of the Denver Nuggets defends during the third quarter on Sunday, November 24, 2019. (Photo by Aaron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

At the ripe old age of 35, Paul added All-NBA second-team honor to his CV to go with his recent All-Star appearance. This defied expectations in the eyes of most NBA viewers who had written him off.  Maybe he will defy expectations this year as well.

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Can Paul take the Suns to the Western Conference Finals or is that too much of a stretch?

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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