NEWARK, NJ - MARCH 07: (L-R) Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers and Deron Williams #8 of the New Jersey Nets look on during a stop in play at Prudential Center on March 7, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
Chris Paul followed Deron Williams in the 2005 NBA Draft and found immediate success in New Orleans. It took a year for D-Will to catch up and since then, the two have been paired in serious discussions about who is the best point guard in the NBA. In head-to-head match-ups, it's usually Williams who wins, but now D-Will wants what CP3 has.
The Clippers' GM, Neil Olshey, first traded for him, placing him at the center of an athletic roster that already had Blake Griffin. Then, he re-signed or acquired DeAndre Jordan, Caron Butler, Chauncey Billups and Kenyon Martin. The Clippers are now a legitimate contender in the West. Deron Williams hopes that Billy King can do the same for him. Until then, Jake Appleman writes, Paul can play chess with his roster while Williams is limited to checkers.
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