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Chris Paul ranked ahead of Russell Westbrook in Sports Illustrated's top 100

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook is oft considered the most devastating player in the NBA today.

His mix of physical power and athleticism have taken him to the pinnacle of the league and he is expected to have an MVP-calibre season in the absence of Kevin Durant. 

However, in the final instalment of their 'Top 100 Players', Sports Illustrated have placed him behind L.A. Clippers man Chris Paul.

The two players could not be more different. Paul is a dying breed of traditional point guards, he prioritises bringing his teammates into the game but is capable of taking over when needed, whereas Westbrook is pure domination. 

SI ranked Paul 4th, citing his ability to fit into a team dynamic, excellent defending, accurate shooting and trust to lead a franchise as the deciding factors. 

However, many on social media have unsurprisingly disagreed. 

The duo are among the game's elite, there is no disputing that. It all depends on personal preference on who you think is the better player. 

On face value, Westbrook seems out in front, and could cement his place as one of the biggest names with an MVP season, but with the Clippers, Paul has to be considered more of a contender to win a title, however slim their chances may be.

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Northwest Division
Chris Paul
LA Clippers
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