Chris Paul scores 16 straight points to end the Pelicans
Chris Paul has a reputation for coming to a franchise and making them better. In 2005, Chris Paul was drafted by the New Orleans Hornets. When Chris Paul arrived, the Hornets were one of the NBA’s worst teams. Before Chris Paul even got to play, things got much worse for New Orleans. Hurricane Katrina destroyed the city of New Orleans. The Hornets were forced to relocate to Oklahoma City, where Chris Paul played for his first two years.
When Chris Paul and the Hornets returned to New Orleans, they posted a franchise best 56-26 record. In the playoffs, Chris Paul led New Orleans to a 2-0 lead against the defending champion Spurs. Chris Paul had an MVP level year and New Orleans was put on the map. Despite losing in Game 7, Chris Paul’s Hornets looked like the team of the future. By 2010, Chris Paul’s Hornets were back to being one of the league’s worst teams. A year later, Chris Paul was traded.
Chris Paul led the Los Angeles Clippers to their best seasons in franchise history. This is where the Chris Paul second round jokes began. In 2017, Chris Paul joined the Houston Rockets, helping lead them to a franchise record 65 win season. Two years later, Chris Paul returned to Oklahoma City, this time with the Thunder, leading them back to the playoffs. In 2020, Chris Paul joined the Phoenix Suns, leading them to their first playoffs in eleven years, and their first Finals in 28 years.
This year, Chris Paul led the Suns to a franchise record 64 wins. It’s playoff time and Game 1 saw CP3 playing his old team, the Pelicans.