Over the offseason, the Golden State Warriors made a very interesting deal that would land them Chris Paul. The deal sent Jordan Poole, Ryan Rollins, Patrick Bladwin Jr., Golden State’s 2030 first-round pick, the Warriors’ 2027 second-round pick, and cash considerations for Paul.
Last season with the Phoenix Suns, Paul would average 13.9 points, 8.9 assists, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 44.0% from the field and 37.5% from three. However, as it has many times in his career, injuries would get in the way and Paul would be unable to make it through the postseason. While Phoenix likely still would have lost the series even if Paul was able to finish out their second-round series against the Denver Nuggets. Along with putting up a solid stat line in his final season with the Suns, Paul would also start in all 59 games that he played in for the team.
Throughout the course of his 18-year NBA career, Paul has started in all 1214 games that he has played in. However, it appears that this streak may be coming to an end with the Warriors. With the team boasting one of the top backcourts in the league in Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, it will be very difficult to think of a feasible way that all three players could start.
With Curry and Paul both being undersized and susceptible to being targeted in the pick-and-roll, it would be a nightmare on the defensive end for Golden State if they started both point guards. Despite them both being generational talents and future Hall of Famers, it appears that with the lack of size that the Warriors have in their frontcourt, it would be impossible to start both Paul and Curry.
However, it appears that this thought still has not crossed Paul’s mind. When he was asked about the possibility of coming off of the bench, he was quoted as saying, “You coaching? I don’t know what the situation is going to be yet. So I think that will be for us to figure out once we get going”.
While time will tell if Paul will be able to convince the coaching staff of Golden State to give him the starting nod, signs are pointing to him coming off of the bench for the time being. This would be the best move for the Warriors despite it potentially being a difficult hurdle for Paul to get over.
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