Chris Paul: The overlooked NBA MVP

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(CNN Philippines) — There's no question that Chris Paul’s impact on the Phoenix Suns this season has made him one of the best players in the NBA.

The crafty court general is currently averaging 16.3 points on nearly 50 percent shooting, 8.9 assists, and 4.6 rebounds. He has taken the Suns from 10th seed in the Western Conference last season to the top spot this year, tied with the Utah Jazz at 47 wins and 18 losses.

In Phoenix's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers today, CP3 showed us exactly what he has been doing in his entire career and why he should be the frontrunner for the Most Valuable Player award this year. He recorded his third career game with at least 20 points, 15 assists, and 0 turnovers.

Those might be ordinary numbers to some people but there are only two players who have achieved that record since the league first tracked turnovers in the 1977-78 season — Steve Nash, who by the way won two MVPs, is the other player to achieve it in at least three games.

If the MVP award is a measure of a player’s value to his team and their success, then Paul clearly defines and represents that distinction this year.

Paul's basketball IQ has almost singlehandedly propelled a rising Suns team to a championship contender. If that doesn’t make a strong case for MVP then I don’t know what is, especially in a season where top players are hurt and fail to play in enough games to truly be considered for the highest individual honor.

A quick look at CP3 and his contribution to his previous teams based on team standings in the regular season:

32 wins and 50 losses — Los Angeles Clippers' record before they got him

40 wins and 26 losses — Clippers' record after getting him

55 wins and 27 losses — Houston Rockets' record before they got him

65 wins and 17 losses — Rockets' record after getting him

49 wins and 33 losses — Oklahoma City Thunder's record before they got him

44 wins and 28 losses — Thunder's record after getting him

Except for the Thunder's record where they had fewer victories with him in tow, Paul still managed to carry OKC to the fifth seed in the Playoffs — coming from a lackluster start — last year. That's a valuable asset right there.

At age 35 and playing for almost 16 seasons in the league, it's time to recognize his greatness. And the MVP award will validate that.