Chris Paul's Best Teams Throughout His Long And Storied NBA Career

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Vote up the best Chris Paul-led NBA teams of all time.

What was the best Chris Paul team? One of the greatest NBA point guards of all time, CP3 played in the league for over seventeen years and for his career averaged over 18 points, 9 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. If you were wondering what teams did Chris Paul play for or how many teams has Chris Paul played for, then this is your Chris Paul team history. All the teams Chris Paul played for are on this list. So, what was your favorite Chris Paul team? Which Chris Paul teams did you love?

In all his years, however, Chris Paul has never won an NBA championship. His best year was perhaps the 2020-2021 NBA season when the point god led the Phoenix Suns to the NBA Finals, but they were defeated by the Milwaukee Bucks in six games. However, Chris Paul's NBA teams have been competitive throughout his career, having made the playoffs for twelve years straight. From the Lob City Clippers to the Crescent City Connection, all Chris Paul NBA teams are below.

Vote up the best Chris Paul teams below, and help decide what was the best team of his entire career!


  • Houston Rockets (2017 - 2019)
    Photo: Houston Rockets

    CP3 Stats (2 seasons):
    17.1 points, 8.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals, .530% eFG

    BEST LINEUP
    PG - Chris Paul
    SG - Eric Gordon
    SF - James Harden
    PF - Trevor Ariza, P.J. Tucker
    - Clint Capela
    Sixth man - Gerald Green, Danuel House

    Coach: Mike D'Antoni

    Regular Season Record: 118 - 46 (.720)

    Playoff Record: 15 - 11

    Best Result: Going into it, we all knew CP3 and Harden were a precarious fit. Both ball-dominant guards wanted to initiate the offense in the half court, and eventually settled on a your-turn/my-turn sort of codependent system that remarkably worked, thanks to head coach Mike D'Antoni's steady handling of egos. The Rockets played a three, sometimes four, guard lineup with C Clint Capela as the rim runner and shot blocker in the middle, en route to earning the #1 seed in the Western Conference in 2017-2018. After dismantling the T-Wolves and Jazz in the first two rounds, the Rockets met the eventual champion Golden State Warriors in the conference finals. The small-ball Rox were a perfect kryptonite to peak-GSW and battled to a 3-2 lead, but their Game 5 win proved to be a pyrrhic victory, as Chris Paul went down with a hamstring injury. In Game 6, Klay Thompson went off for 35 points, hitting 9 threes to even the series. Upon their return to Houston, the again CP3-less Rockets shot a horrid 7-44 from downtown, including a epic cold streak of 27 straight misses, which allowed the Warriors to seize the game to reach their fourth straight NBA Finals. The following season, the Rockets ran it back, finished 4th in the West, and were bounced by the Warriors once again in the second round of the playoffs.

    PEAK ROCKETS CP3

     

    • Location: Houston, Texas
    • Conference: Western Conference
    • Division: Southwest Division
  • Phoenix Suns (2020 - 2022)
    Photo: Phoenix Suns / Instagram

    CP3 Stats (2 seasons):
    15.6 points, 9.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds, 1.6 steals, .548% eFG

    BEST LINEUP
    PG - Chris Paul
    SG - Devin Booker
    SF - Mikal Bridges
    PF - Jae Crowder
    - DeAndre Ayton
    Sixth man - Cameron Johnson

    Coach: Monty Williams

    Regular Season Record: 115-39 (.747)

    Playoff Record: 21-14

    Best Result: CP3 led the Suns as far as he's ever gone in his NBA career, when the 2020-21 Phoenix squad faced off against the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals. Despite a crushing loss in six games to two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, there were a lot of positives from the series as Phoenix's young stars Ayton and Booker got crucial reps and took mini-leaps forward. In 2022, the Suns finished #1 in the Western Conference in the regular seasons and were the betting favorites to return to the NBA Finals. However, Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks upset the Suns, punching their own ticket to the Western Conference Finals with a Game 7 blowout where Chris Paul pretty much no-showed.

    PEAK SUNS CP3

    • Location: Phoenix, Arizona
    • Conference: Western Conference
    • Division: Pacific Division
  • New Orleans Hornets (2005 - 2011)
    Photo: New Orleans Hornets

    CP3 Stats (6 seasons):
    18.7 points, 9.9 assists, 4.6 rebounds, 2.4 steals, .503% eFG

    BEST LINEUP
    PG
    - Chris Paul
    SG - Morris Peterson
    SF - Peja Stojakovic
    PF - David West
    - Tyson Chandler
    Sixth men (the Hornets had issues) - Jannero Pargo, James Posey, Rasual Butler, Desmond Mason, Marco Belinelli, Bonzi Wells, Carl Landry, Trevor Ariza, Marcus Thornton, Emeka Okafor

    Coaches: Byron Scott (4 seasons), Jeff Bower (1 season), Monty Williams (1 season)

    Regular Season Record: 265 - 227 (.539)

    Playoff Record: 10 - 13

    Best Result: Fresh out of Wake Forest, Chris Paul started his career in the Big Easy, but the team dealt with coaching turnover and the tragic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina starting in CP3's first few seasons. Chris Paul's third season in New Orleans was his best, as the point god originally developed his lethal pick-n-roll game alongside PF David West (a pick-n-pop master) and C Tyson Chandler (the Crescent City Connection). Surrounded by shooters Peja Stojakovic, Mo Peterson, Jannero Pargo, Rasual Butler, and Bonzi Wells, the 2007-08 Hornets reached Game 7 of the Western Conference where they were eliminated by the defending champions San Antonio Spurs (peak Duncan, Tony, and Ginobili). It was a crushing defeat and the Hornets pushed the series to the brink; they probably should have won. NOH could never recapture the magic after that year and got bounced in the first round of the playoffs two of the next three years before CP3's departure to L.A.

    PEAK HORNETS CP3

    • Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Conference: Western Conference
    • Division: Southwest Division
  • Los Angeles Clippers (2011 - 2017)
    Photo: Los Angeles Clippers

    CP3 Stats (6 seasons):
    18.8 points, 9.8 assists, 4.2 rebounds, 2.2 steals, .529% eFG

    BEST LINEUP
    PG
    - Chris Paul
    SG - J.J. Redick
    SF - Caron Butler, Matt Barnes, Paul Pierce
    PF - Blake Griffin
    - DeAndre Jordan
    Sixth man - Jamal Crawford, Eric Bledsoe

    Coach: Doc Rivers

    Regular Season Record: 313 - 163 (.658)

    Playoff Record: 22-35

    Best Result: The Lob City Clippers were hands down the funnest team to watch in the entire NBA for a stretch. With Chris Paul lobbing alley oops to the high flying duo of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, these Clips were not only appointment viewing when they came to your town but extremely competitive for half of a decade in the Western Conference. Chris Paul's Clippers made six straight playoff appearances, reaching the conference semifinals three times. Their best chance at a title was probably the 2014-2015 season, when the Doc Rivers coached 3-seed collapsed in a seven game series versus the #2 Houston Rockets. Up 3-1, the James Harden and Dwight Howard-led Rockets surged back to win the last three games in a row and end CP3's title dreams.

    PEAK CLIPPERS CP3

    • Location: Los Angeles, California
    • Conference: Western Conference
    • Division: Pacific Division
  • Oklahoma City Thunder (2019 - 2020)
    Photo: NBA.com

    CP3 Stats (1 season):
    17.6 points, 6.7 assists, 5.0 rebounds, 1.6 steals, .552% eFG

    BEST LINEUP
    PG - Chris Paul
    PG - Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
    PG - Dennis Schroder
    PF - Danilo Gallinari
    - Steven Adams
    Sixth man - Lu Dort

    Coach: Billy Donovan

    Regular Season Record: 44-28 (.611)

    Playoff Record: 3-4

    Best Result: In the 2019 offseason, the Thunder blew up their core and swapped MVP Russell Westbrook for CP3, in hopes of waiting out his expiring contract and beginning a full rebuild with the bevy of draft picks they received in the Paul George trade. CP3 had other plans. The PG refused to take games off or go on a minutes-restriction. Instead, he led overachieving OKC to the five-seed in the NBA Bubble Playoffs. The testy Thunder took the bizarre Westbrook-Harden Rockets to seven games, with an experimental three point guard lineup.  Despite their loss, the Thunder set records, as Chris Paul became the oldest player to record a triple-double, and rookie sixth man Lu Dort joined LeBron James and Kobe Bryant as the only players 21 years old or younger to drop over 25 points in a Game 7 playoff game.

    PEAK THUNDER CP3

    • Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
    • Conference: Western Conference
    • Division: Northwest Division