Seeing as Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo entered the first game of the playoffs with an injury and Chris Paul starred in his absence, the Phoenix Suns veteran has emerged as favourite to win the NBA Finals MVP.
Putting in a superb performance in the finals opener, where he notched an eye-catching 32 points, nine assists and four rebounds, Paul was instrumental in steering the Suns to an outstanding 118-105 victory.
Starting his first NBA finals series in his tremendously successful 16 year career, Paul looks like a man on a mission to propel the Suns to NBA glory.
Averaging 18.1 points, 8.7 assists, 1.4 steals and shooting 47% from the field in the playoffs per game (as per Arizona Sports), it’s clear what good form he’s in both offensively and defensively. Indeed, the fact he finished fifth in the NBA MVP voting behind only winner Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, Stephen Curry and Giannis illustrates what a remarkable campaign he’s having.
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Priced at $1.67, the intelligent and skillful point guard is comfortably the favourite among the bookies, for he’s well ahead of Giannis ($5.50), Devin Booker ($6.50) and Khris Middleton ($8.50). Starting the playoffs at $40 to win the finals MVP, it’s been incredible how he’s now at the top of the pile to win the coveted award.
Such a fine orchestrator of play and leader out on the court, this, in combination with his scoring prowess, makes him an extremely challenging opponent to face off with. Capable of hurting opponents in so many ways, the Bucks will need to pay close attention to him if they’re to have any chance of success, which is definitely easier said than done.
Having enjoyed a sensational career so far and accomplished so much, winning an NBA championship would unquestionably be a perfect reward for the outrageously talented magician.
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