In 2005, Chris Paul was drafted by the New Orleans Hornets, immediately putting them on the map. Aside from their 2005 season, the Hornets were a decent team, in New Orleans. But, until CP3, the New Orleans iteration of the Hornets hadn’t had a superstar.
Chris Paul immediately put the Hornets back on ESPN, with daily highlights. His first two seasons saw New Orleans come close to making the playoffs. In 2008, Paul had an MVP-caliber season, leading the Hornets to a franchise record 56 wins, which still stands.
Unlike most players, Chris Paul was fortunate enough to have another successful run. The Hornets originally traded CP3 to the Lakers, where he and Kobe Bryant would have teamed up, but David Stern blocked the trade. Instead, he was sent to the Clippers, where he and Blake Griffin turned them into a contender, leading them to their best-ever seasons, but came up short.
Finally, last year, Paul got to the NBA Finals, leading the Phoenix Suns, alongside Devin Booker. On their way to the Finals, they beat CP3’s former team, the Clippers. With this, Gilbert Arenas sat Paul down for his “No Chill” show, where he spoke on his career, why he re-signed with the Suns, their Finals run where they lost to the Bucks, and what would’ve happen if he joined the Lakers.