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Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith Disagree with Charles Barkley for “MVP Case of Chris Paul”

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Chris Paul is definitely one of the most experienced players in the NBA. However, he is also one of the most underrated guards in the league. His leadership qualities have been nothing short of phenomenal this season. He has taken the Phoenix Suns, who were languishing at the bottom of the table last season, to second place in the Western Conference standings. Such has been the impact of Paul that he was selected in the All-star team this season. Along with the likes of LeBron James and Stephen Curry.

In the 2019-20 season, CP3 led the Oklahoma City Thunder from a despairing spot to a place in the conference playoffs. Under his leadership, Shai Gilgeous Alexander and Dennis Schröder had career-defining seasons. In the post-game chat on TNT, Shaq and Charles Barkley argued about Chris Paul’s inclusion into the MVP conversation.

Shaq and Kenny not convinced with Chris Paul:

When Charles Barkley said that Paul should be included in the MVP conversation, Shaq vehemently disagreed. He said, Chris Paul is having a great year. He is getting the youngsters to play. Paul is leading them very well. Devin Booker is starting to get his form back. However, I disagree, he should not be mentioned for MVP. I don’t think he should be mentioned because he does not have a chance to win.” 

To which Charles Barkley replied, “If a team made a trade in the offseason, and they went from the last place to first place. Why would we not mention that guy for MVP?”  According to Shaq, Chris Paul is not as “dominant” as the likes of Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid this season.

The Phoenix Suns on a roll:

Chris Paul and co. are starting to hit the top gear. Phoenix Suns are second in the Western Conference standings. Only behind the Utah Jazz. They also have a five-game winning streak working in their favor at the moment. Moreover, they defeated the Portland Trail Blazers 127-121 by making a comeback in the 4th quarter

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