How do you define what qualifies an athlete as a superstar?
If there is anyone that has profound knowledge on the subject then it's two-time NBA champion Isiah Thomas and according to his criteria, Chris Paul is far from an 'Superstar'.
Paul has recently come under a lot of scrutiny for his performance in the game five 105-104 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.
The Clippers point guard turned the ball over twice in the last minute of the game and also fouled Russell Westbrook on a wild three point attempt which allowed the Thunder star to sink the free throws to claim the all important victory.
Often described as the best floor leader in the league, Paul's emergence as a star in the NBA began at the New Orleans Hornets and was confounded when he took the Clippers lob city act into a full blown championship-calibre team.
Despite the popular opinion that he is the top point guard at the professional level, Paul's post season history hasn't quite lived up to its expectation, as Skip Bayless points out Paul has only reached the second round of the playoffs twice in his 9-year career and has never made it to the Conference Finals.
So is Chris Paul currently a superstar in the NBA?
Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas explains that there has been a depreciation of the term superstar, it should be synonymous with a champion.
When Thomas first entered the NBA, the players he revered had already won the ultimate prize which was the NBA title. Players like Magic Johnson and Larry Bird were the superstars of the league whilst up and coming athletes like himself and Michael Jordan were simply stars.
If Thomas points out that Michael Jordan was a star rather than a superstar until he won an NBA championship then shouldn't all other players be measured in the same respect.
Chris Paul is undoubtably a talented basketball player and perhaps the best point guard in the league but until he leads his Clippers team to the title, by Thomas' ruling he can't be considered a 'Superstar'.