Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni says Chris Paul is “going to be good the whole time he’s here”
When Chris Paul signed a four-year, $159.7 million maximum contract with the Houston Rockets last summer, it raised a lot of eyebrows across the NBA.
Paul is still one of the best point guards in the NBA, but many don’t believe he’s worth $35,654,150, the salary CP3 is making this season. Paul is owed $38,506,482 next season and a whopping $41,358,814 in 2020-21. The All-Star will be 35 years old during that season.
After getting off to a slow start this season, Paul drew criticism for his poor play and pundits were saying Paul’s massive contract was a mistake. However, since returning from his groin injury, Chris Paul has been back to his elite self. Rockets head coach Mike D’Antoni is not surprised at all.
Coach D’Antoni on Chris Paul: “I knew he was going to be this way as soon as he got into a rhythm & felt good physically. I’ve said a thousand times, it’s not this year, I’m not worried about the next three years, he’s going to be good the whole time he’s here. I have no doubts.”
— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) March 7, 2019
Over his last 15 games, Chris Paul is averaging 16.2 points and 8.9 assists while shooting 42.7 percent from the field and 35.1 percent beyond the arc. The Rockets are 39-25 on the season and look like a championship contender again, with James Harden and CP3 leading the way.
Paul’s scoring numbers are down, but that’s mostly because Harden has been on a scoring tear all season. The reigning MVP leads the NBA in scoring at 36.7 points per game.
The Feb. 23 win against the Golden State Warriors, though, proves that Paul can still carry the load. Harden didn’t play in that game and Houston still won. Paul finished with 23 points and 17 assists.
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