All of the current NBA players deserve jersey retirements

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Stats with Pelicans: 18.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 9.9 apg, 47.1 FG% in six seasons
Stats with Clippers: 18.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 9.8 apg, 47.5 FG% in six seasons
Stats with Suns: 15.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 9.8 apg, 49.1 FG% in three seasons

If Chris Paul were to achieve this honor, he’d join Chamberlain and potentially James as the only three players to have their jerseys retired by three franchises. For New Orleans, Paul was great right away, with the team boasting a 55.5 win percentage with him, up from 42.8 percent without him, per our research back in 2020. He was so good for New Orleans, he came close to beating Kobe Bryant for league MVP in 2007-08, finishing with 894 points to Bryant’s 1,110. Paul’s impact on winning was even larger with LA, with the Clippers having a 68.5 win percentage during the CP3 era, up from 37.9 percent prior to him (research before 2020). The Phoenix one is the least of a lock, but Paul likewise helped turn the Suns into contenders right away, helping lead the franchise to the 2021 Finals.


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