If you asked 100 people to rate Chris Paul in the list of the NBA's current best players, 98 of those would put him in the top 15 - if not the top 10. The other two would point his playoff record as a reason for him dropping out.
Paul is the last of a dying breed of point guard - the archetypal player at one spot who can do it all a la Steve Nash. CP3 isn't going to drop 35+ points a night, but he will facilitate the offence with his ability to run the floor, racking up double-doubles on a regular basis.
Kenny Smith, who occupied the point during his 10-year playing career, appears to be in that 1% of people as he left the L.A. Clippers star out of his top 20 players - that's right, 'The Jet' believes there are 21 - he ranked Paul 22nd - players better than the 31-year-old.
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On last week's episode of 'Inside the NBA', the two-time title winner picked numbers 25 to 20 in his current player rankings.
The upcoming episode will see Smith choose 19 to 15, but we already know he rates sophomore center Karl-Anthony Towns higher than the former New Orleans star.
Now Towns is certainly a future superstar. He will soon be the face of the NBA. But to put him ahead of one of the league's best point guards is blasphemous
We'll see who Smith picks next, but we certainly can't name 20 players better than Paul.