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Veteran NBA Player Details How Chris Paul Inspires Devin Booker and Co. in Phoenix Suns

Published 11/20/2020, 11:08 PM EST

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The city of Phoenix saw a glimmer of hope after the Suns recently confirmed their Chris Paul acquisition. The news will imbue Phoenix fans with renewed excitement since they have been awaiting a playoff berth for more than 10 years now. 

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The franchise got a hold of this NBA veteran by releasing Kelly Oubre Jr (24), Ricky Rubio (30), and a 2022 first-round pick to the Thunder. With this trade, they killed the ambitions of many title contenders to avail the 36-year-old star. But the question now arises: how will Paul benefit the Suns?

What will Chris Paul add to the Phoenix Suns’ squad?


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In an interview, Pelicans’ JJ Redick reflected upon CP3 and his addition to the existing talent of Devin Booker. He expressed, “I don’t know that he’ll add anything to his game, I mean Devin clearly is constantly adding his own things to his game. But look there’s a level of professionalism, there’s a level of a cutthroat approach to winning that CP has, that I think Devin will gravitate towards right away. The impact on someone’s career, that long-term impact, that to me is what’s really important. I think they’ll be a great combo for the next however many years.”

Devin had an identical last two seasons where he averaged 26.6 points, 4+ boards, and 6.5+ assists for the team. He was just one win short of pushing the Suns for a playoff spot in the 2019-20 season. It’s clear that while his game might not need an addition, his ability to help them consistently win definitely does.


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The 10-time NBA All-star’s addition has assured a rising star like Booker that the Suns’ management can attract right pieces. For Paul,  the Suns became that one team that could house his hefty contract without harming their core. CP3 is well past his prime where he dominated the ball and created independent shots using his dribbling and spacing skills. At Phoenix, he will have players like Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson to help him along with others.


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Also, the bench will benefit from his arrival. As Redick added, “I think the long-term impact for Devin and for all those young guys… Michael Bridges, DeAndre Ayton to see CP on a daily basis at his age, at his approach, his work, his competitiveness, the accumulation of skills and knowledge, it’s inspiring stuff.”

It now appears more possible than ever that the Suns will go deep into the post-season this time.



Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.