It’s a very questionable debate. Who’s better? Deron Williams or Chris Paul? Who is the best point guard in the NBA? Well, Williams has proved he is the better point guard, as his Utah Jazz topped Paul’s New Orleans Hornets in a 105-87 rout as Williams continues to add on to his winning record over Paul. Paul played well, having 17 points, nine assist, and five steals. But Williams played better with his 26 points, eleven assists, and five steals. It’s a fun match-up to watch.
“I’ve always followed that matchup,” said Jazz forward Al Jefferson, acquired in a trade with Minnesota this offseason. “To be a part of it and see it up-close-and-personal is amazing. They know each other well, have been playing against each other a long time. To see D-Will step his game up to a whole ‘other level tonight was just fun to watch.”
Williams enjoys the match-up.
“We always have fun playing against each other,” Williams said. “We are good friends off the court. But on the court we always like to battle.”
Williams clearly battled a lot better in the game. He even put up a great post-up move on Paul down low. In the paint, Williams was calling for the ball. He got it and took advantage, acting like a center and doing those moves that centers usually do. And with that, Williams posted-up, followed-through and got two good points out of that. Williams took advantage a lot, and found easy-open shots for himself and created space while Paul struggled to guard him. With this, Williams is now 12-3 versus Paul.
“It’s not just me against CP. My team seems to perform well against him,” Williams said.
But Paul tells everyone that it’s not just him versus Williams after this game.
“It’s always the New Orleans Hornets versus the Utah Jazz,” Paul said. “We have not played a one-on-one game since we’ve been in this league. It’s was a collective [win] for them. “They executed and we didn’t.”
With this, Williams has definitely improved his team. So has Paul, coming off of injury. After Paul’s recent strides this year so far, many have now put him back at number one. I even put him at number one. Paul was leading his team and led the Hornets to their best start in franchise-history. This leads to Williams sitting behind at number two as the Jazz always seem to fall behind in every game. But thanks to Williams, he has led the Jazz to many comebacks and he is right there in the race. But after this win, I have to put Williams on top again. He is the number one point guard after this big win.
“It will be an exciting game for our team and the fans,” Jefferson said. “We’re a lot bigger this year and we got a great confidence boost tonight. We beat a great playoff team tonight.”
Williams is the number one point guard in the NBA, in my opinion. The Jazz are now in the top-five in my opinion, holding on to an 11-5 record while the Hornets bump down to 11-3. With 21.3 points and 9.8 assists per game, Williams has held the bar over Paul in the statistics and winning records so far this season. Give Williams the credit he deserves. It’s crystal-clear he’s the best right now. It was a good game by both point guard, but Deron came out on top. Now he can go home and enjoy his Thanksgiving.
“Hopefully we don’t eat too much turkey and stuffing, and we can have the same energy we did this game,” Williams said.