Phoenix Suns star Chris Paul is dubbed as the Point God for a good reason. He orchestrates the Suns' offense to perfection and has one of the sneakiest hands among all players today. Against the Miami Heat on Tuesday, Paul once again put his swift hands to good use.
CP3 tallied three takeaways against the Heat to become the fifth leader in steals in NBA history. He surpassed Maurice Cheeks to climb up another all-time list in what has been a Hall of Fame career.
And he does it again folks!@CP3 moves into 5th on the @NBA’s all-time steals leaderboard!
Keep climbing CP! pic.twitter.com/sKa6Fis4Aw
— Phoenix Suns (@Suns) April 14, 2021
Paul joined iconic NBA guards John Stockton, Jason Kidd, Michael Jordan, and Gary Payton in the top five, which is already a remarkable achievement in itself.
Congrats to @CP3 of the @Suns for moving up to 5th on the all-time STEALS list! pic.twitter.com/jMIEbIW3D9
— NBA (@NBA) April 14, 2021
Paul has led the NBA in steals six times in his illustrious career. He's also been selected to the All-Defensive First Team seven times and All-Defensive Second Team twice. There's no denying that he's one of the greatest PGs we've ever seen.
As crazy as it sounds, this may be the most overlooked part of his game. After all, everyone talks about his playmaking abilities, clutch gene, and his capacity to see the play before it even develops. But people rarely talk about how he applies his understanding of the game to getting steals as well.
While Paul stands just 6'0 tall, opposing teams know better than to match a bigger foe on the veteran floor general. It's not really an advantage. Chris Paul could easily swipe the ball off using his sleuthy hands, run the fastbreak, and make the right play for an easy bucket.