Originally Posted by WillC
That's not true though.
Statistically, it's a toss-up. Tracy McGrady probably had the best single season while Grant Hill's around stats are very impressive. No doubt Chris Paul is excellent statistically too, but it's debatable that he's better than the aforementioned players. Meanwhile, in terms of accolades, I've just shown that all 4 players are remarkably similar in that regard.
I think maybe you were too young to remember Penny and Grant Hill back in the 1990s....
Paul is tops by every metric and and has (near enough) half as many again win shares as the next guy.
This despite being a point guard for whom it is generally harder to score highly in advanced stats.
e.g. Of the 165 seasons playing starter minutes with a PER above 25, only 16 have been been by pgs, less than half what you'd expect is distribution was even across the postions. http://www.basketball-reference.com/...=0#stats::none
Those 16 are
6 by Oscar Robertson
5 by Magic (4 if you donít count 81 in which he played 37 games)
3 by Chris Paul
1 by Nate Archibald
1 by Terrell Brandon
At a similar level for ws/48 .235 there have been 124 seasons. 17 of which are from pgs a higher proportion this time, but still (significantly) less than an even share. http://www.basketball-reference.com/...#s tats::none
Only Penny played the pg position and is at the same statistical disadvantage. And after a strong start, by seven years in, his career is so far behind Paul's it's in a different stratosphere.
I like all the players mentioned too, but Paul is getting to the halfway stage of his career with numbers that should land him in the top 25 all-time when he retires (and considerably better than Isiah's who is frequently placed in that range). Whether or not you believe he belongs at 50 right now (and I'd say he probably does) his career has been quantifiably better than the four players raised. His career total win shares are already way past Penny's and almost upon the other two guys in far fewer seasons.
Paul has also been a multi-year genuine MVP candidate which several people already selected haven't.
It's not too early for CP3, to wit
Cowens who has already gone, had 8 good years, Willis Reed had 7, Bill Walton had 2 (that were semi-close to full seasons).