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STAR WARZ: ALLEN IVERSON VS. CHRIS PAUL

STAR WARZ: ALLEN IVERSON VS. CHRIS PAUL
“Star Warz” Match-Up: Allen Iverson vs. Chris Paul The Battle: Who’s Better than Who? One player revolutionized the NBA on and off the court, while the other is the leader of the new school. Allen Iverson and Chris Paul have proven that even little guys can dominate in a league built for big men. Both players could get around you with blazing speed and could both put a team on their tiny backs and lead them to big victories. Both have been NBA all-star game MVPs, both NBA rookie of the year award winners, and both have led the league in steals, but if you had to choose which one was a better player out of the two…..which one would you choose? Today, Kaboom! Magazine.com “Star Warz” goes in-depth into the careers of both Allen “The Answer” Iverson and Chris “CP3” Paul and try to find out the answer to arguably one of the toughest question in NBA history…….Who’s Better Than Who? Tale of the Tape: 710633131 Allen Iverson Nickname: The Answer Pos: SG Height: 6’0” Weight: 165 College: Georgetown Pro Teams: Philadelphia 76ers, Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, & Memphis Grizzles Career Highlights: No. 1 Overall Selection in 1996 NBA Draft, 1997 NBA Rookie of the Year, 11x NBA All-Star Selection, 2x NBA All-Star Game MVP, 4x NBA Scoring Champion, 3x NBA Steals Leader, 3x All-NBA 1st Team Selection, and 3x All-NBA 2nd Team Selection. Strengths: Allen Iverson played the game with all of his heart and literally left everything that he had on the court every night that he played. Usually the smallest guy on the court, Iverson was pound for pound the toughest in the NBA. In his prime, Allen Iverson was the best scorer in the NBA during the late 90’s & 2000’s averaging over 25 ppg for a career. Iverson ball-handling is what made a name for him early in his career, as no one was safe from his killer crossover….not even MJ. AI also proved that he could put a team on his back and take them all the way to a championship, leading the Sixers to the NBA Finals in 2001. Iverson offensive showcases usually overshadowed his talents on the defensive side of the ball. He played the passing lanes like a thief in night averaging 2 steals a game over his career. Weakness: Allen Iverson was indeed a great scorer, but he had very terrible shot selection. Iverson could score 30-40 points on any given night, but it usually took him 25-30 shots to do so. Due to lack of other offensive threats while in Philly, Iverson was never questioned by the media or fans about his shot selection. Iverson was also not the best teammate to have on your team at times during his career. He often missed practices, team shoot around, and team events. Many experts would also deem AI as “Uncoachable” as he was constantly being benched by his coaches including his favorite coach Larry Brown. Often injured, Iverson body just could not stand up to the physical pounding that he endured throughout his career. If Iverson was a better teammate, professional, and role model throughout his career, he would still be playing in the NBA today. hi-res-6916468_crop_exact Chris Paul Nickname: CP3 Pos: PG Height: 6’0” Weight: 175 College: Wake Forest Pro Team: New Orleans Hornets & Los Angeles Clippers Career Highlights: No. 4 Overall Selection in the 2005 NBA Draft, 2006 NBA Rookie of the Year, 6x NBA All-Star Selection, 2013 NBA A-Star Game MVP, 3x NBA 1st Team Selection, NBA 2nd Team Selection, 3x All-Defensive 1st Team Selection, 2x All-Defensive 2nd Team Selection, 5x NBA Steals Leader, 2x NBA Assists Leader, and 2x Olympic Gold Medalist. Strengths: In the current “Golden Era” of the NBA, CP3 is regarded as the best point-guard in the game. Chris Paul can score in a number of ways, annually averaging around 20-22 PPG throughout his career. Chris Paul glides up and down the floor. Paul weaves his way in and out, making it difficult for defenders to read his game. He shoots 49% from the field. He can hit the mid-range jumper better than anyone in the game, but what impresses experts is that Paul picks his spots at exactly the right time. Even if he’s open, he’s a pass first point-guard. For a point-guard he shoots a very high FG percent. He also shoots 41% from beyond the arc, showing that he isn’t one to be left unguarded. Paul also has the ability to bring out the best of his teammates and always put them in the best positions to score. Chris Paul is deceptively good at defending. He averaged an incredible 2.6 SPG, and for someone of his stature, he even managed to pull down 4.2 RPG. Weakness: Chris Paul does play a big game, but his heights at times have been used for an opponent advantage. He has the quickness as well as the determination to keep up with other guards, but bigger guards such as Williams, Rose or Billups have frustrated Paul by backing him down in the post. Another weakness of Paul’s is that he is alittle too unselfish on the court. Even though he can score almost as well as anybody in the NBA, it’s easy to see Paul often makes one too many passes and can be reluctant to take advantage of open looks given to him. When in transition, instead of finishing at the basket, Paul is more likely to look for the highlight lob or open man waiting to shoot 3’s. His serial passing tendencies go beyond natural instincts and into the realm of being too self-aware. chris-paul-early-retirement And the winner is……: Both players are indeed first-ballot NBA Hall of Fame worthy. In 2008, ESPN named Allen Iverson the 5th best shooting guard in NBA history. Right now, ESPN currently feels that Chris Paul is the best point guard in the NBA. You could easily have a great discussion between Paul, Iverson, and Isaiah Thomas on who is the best “Little Guard” to ever play in the NBA. The “Little Guard” discussion will be for another day; But today, If we had to choose between arguably the two best guards of this era we would have no choice but to choose none other than………………….Chris Paul. Both players have very similar stats and playing styles on the court, but both take totally different routes in order to succeed. Allen Iverson and Chris Paul can both score 30 points on any given night, but with Iverson it usually took him 30 shots to get there; while Paul usually only takes 15-20 shots. Both players are really good passers, but you wouldn’t know that Allen Iverson was a good passer because he never passed the ball unless there was no way he could shoot. Also Iverson teammates were not very good offensive players leaving Iverson to have to try and score. Paul on the other hand has been known as a great passer his entire career; as he has led the league in assists a few times. Paul teammates offensively were almost identical to Iverson teammates, but Paul still found a way to get the most out of them. Defensively, both players are the same as they guard their man straight up and play the passing lanes fairly well. What it really comes down to it could either man play well with others? Iverson is known by many as a great teammate, but wouldn’t show leadership qualities when it came to preparation for games or when he was having a bad shooting night. Chris Paul is also known as a great teammate; sometimes he’s too great as he sometimes passes up his own shot to pass to another teammate. Paul’s state of selflessness can be a blessing and a curse at time, but it’s defiantly something that you want to have. Do you Agree or Disagree with Kaboom! Magazine.com? 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