Chris Paul has been named the Western Conference Player of the Week from Monday, December 11th to Sunday, December 17th as the team went 4-0 in this span from huge play from CP3 and Harden. While Harden had an “off-week” (an off week for Harden, but for any other player it would be a decent week), CP3 came up for the team especially when he was paired with the second unit when Harden and some starters went to sit.
As I said last week, CP3 and the second unit area historic bunch, which if you want more in-depth analysis, you can check it out on our website. An interesting fact brought up from the Rockets press release earlier today, is that “He is the first Rocket, not names James Harden to win the award since Goran Dragic in April of 2012” (Rockets.com). Take a second and think about this... The Rockets have not had a player win these awards since James Harden was traded to the Rockets later that exact year… That is a dominant player, which I didn’t even know he was THAT dominant. This is great for the team, especially CP3 as he has really stepped up this week and came out and just flat out dominated teams when Harden sat. Chris Paul averaged 26.0 points with 7.8 assists and 6.3 rebounds. He also added 3.2 steals per game and shot 53.8FG%, 45.7% 3PFG and 94.7% FT, which are some great splits for a second star player on a Rockets team.
The best stat is that Chris Paul is 14-0 when he suits up with the Rockets which is great. He is the only person in history to win in his 14 starts with a new team since stats were first recorded in 1970 (Elias). The Rockets are still hot, and hopefully, they can keep the streak going, especially with CP3 playing the way he does.