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The Point Guard Matchup

 

As Stephen Curry has emerged as a top 5 PG in the league, Veteran Chris Paul has also held his ground as being one of the premier PG’s in the NBA. If Stephen Curry and the Warriors win the series VS the Clippers does that give him an edge over Chris Paul as the better Point Guard?

When it comes to top players in any category, it is hard to truly determine who is “better”. For example, there is always an ongoing debate between fans if Lebron or KD is a better player. They both are unbelievable players and their stats are virtually identical. They each have different strengths: KD is known for his scoring ability, winning four scoring titles in the last five years. However, Lebron is regarded as impacting the game more and has won four MVP’s in the last six years (Not winning it this year though). These debates are constant and data supports both sides.

What i’m trying to get at is elite players are compared to each other to determine who is “better” constantly. This article will shed some light on two of the NBA’s premier Point Guards and who has the edge.

 

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Regular Season Averages (’13-’14)

 

Player PPG APG SPG RPG FT% FG% 3P%
Stephen Curry 24.0 8.5 1.6 4.3 .885 .471 .424
Chris Paul 19.1 10.7 2.5 4.3 .855 .467 .368

Both CP3 and Curry had great regular season averages, as CP3 led in APG and SPG. Curry scored 5 PPG more than CP3 and shot more efficiently with a higher FG% and 3P%.

 

2013-2014 Playoff Stats (First four games)

 

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Stephen Curry

 

PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% FT% 3PT% MPG
21.8 3.3 9.3 1.8 0.2 .462% .875% .371% 40.3

 

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Chris Paul

 

PPG RPG APG SPG BPG FG% FT% 3PT% MPG
17.8 5.0 8.5 3.0 0.0 .436% .706% .458% 32.5

 

Over the first four games in this playoff series, Stephen Curry is averaging higher in PPG, APG, BPG, FG%, FT%, and MPG. Chris Paul is averaging more RPG, SPG, and has a higher 3P%. While analyzing these stats I found it interesting that Chris Paul has less APG than Curry.

CP3 has Deandre Jordan and All-Star Blake Griffin on his team, arguably two of the best dunkers in the league. “Lob City” as their nickname suggests, should have plenty of alley oops AKA easy assists during a game. Yet, he still is averaging less APG than Curry who doesn’t have the athleticism at these positions.

The Warriors, who don’t have the talent or the deep bench like the Clippers, have the series tied at 2-2. If the Clippers end up losing this series and exiting the playoffs early, I think this makes a strong case that Curry led his team and deserves to be recognized around the league as the better Point Guard.

What do you think?

Article by Nathan Campbell@Nathanc44

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