Beno Udrih should be on alert tonight. Going up against the Hornets and Chris Paul, Udrih is not only facing the NBA’s leader in steals (3.0 spg), he’s also facing a man going after a record.
Paul has recorded at least one steal in his last 93 games, and is approaching the League record of 105 games, set by infamous thief Alvin Robertson back in 1986. Having already set the record for consecutive 20-point, 10-assist games to start a season (six), this is yet another testament to not only CP’s skill, but also his consistency.
“That’s one thing I’ve always done since high school, just knowing the game, knowing what teams are running and understanding where guys are trying to pass the ball,” CP told the New Orleans Times-Picyaune. “I really pride myself on when I get a deflection not to let the other team come up with it. I like to steal the ball.”
With so much focus on CP’s passing, ball-handling and scoring prowess, his defense is an underrated part of his game.
“I think (Paul’s defense) does get overlooked because of all the gifts that he has,” Byron Scott said. “But his defense has gotten so much better this year. He’s one of the best as far as anticipation and understanding how to get into the passing lanes. He’s just got a gift for it. Everything else he does, the scoring, the assists, the unbelievable passes he makes, like anything else, that gets the highlights. But on the defensive end, he doesn’t get the credit that he deserves.”
Who would you rank as the three best defensive point guards in the NBA?
Source: New Orleans Times-Picyaune