KEY POINTS

  • Chris Paul is still one of the top performers in the NBA
  • Warriors’ Draymond Green doesn’t include the lack of a championship win in assessing Paul’s career
  • The Phoenix Suns have the best record in the league at the moment

An NBA superstar has opened up about Chris Paul’s greatness and legacy.

Despite his age, Paul, 36, is still considered one of the best players in the league at present. Now in his 17th season, “CP3” continues to chase his first NBA title.

Sharing his take on Paul's celebrated yet championship-less career, Golden State Warriors forward and three-time NBA champion Draymond Green stressed that not winning a single title doesn't invalidate his fellow veteran’s “greatness.”

“I said something about Chris Paul because you always hear people say, ‘Man, that guy didn't win a championship’ as if that unvalidates (sic) greatness,” Green told Tracy McGrady on “The Draymond Green Show” podcast. “Chris Paul is a winner. I don't care how you slice it, I don't care what you say [about it] and [yet] the first thing that people say is Chris Paul isn't a winner [because] he hasn't won a championship.”

“As someone who has [won a championship], I understand all of the things that have to go right [to win a championship],” the 2017 NBA Defensive Player of the Year pointed out. “You’re talking health, players clicking, it’s not just players clicking, the front office, the coaching staff, everybody!”

Green concluded, “Chris Paul is a winner, and people try to take that away because he hasn’t won a championship.”

 Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns reacts in the second half of game five of the NBA Finals against the Milwaukee Bucks Photo: Getty Images | Christian Petersen

For years, Paul has always been a subject of debate, with some considering him as arguably the greatest point guard to ever play the game. Undeniably, a championship is the only thing missing in the 36-year-old’s career. 

Season after season, Paul has proven that he can lead any team he is on to playoff contention. In fact, last season, he led the Phoenix Suns en route to the NBA Finals.

Unfortunately, Paul and the Suns succumbed to the dominance of Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks.

"It will take a while to process this or whatnot, but it's [the] same mentality," Paul told the media, including ESPN's Dave McMenamin. "Get back to work. I ain't retiring, if that's what you're asking. That's out. So, back to work."

"Right now, you're just trying to figure out what you could have done more," Paul said. "It's tough. Great group of guys, hell of a season, but this one is going to hurt for a while."

This season, Paul and the Suns are looking primed for another NBA title run, having logged the best record in the league to date.