We're halfway through the season and the Clippers are once again one of the 5 best teams in the NBA and on the fringe of title contention, they even have about the same record as last year almost like clockwork. As such, they deserve to have at least 1, probably 2, of their players representing them in Toronto. Which begs the question: Who is the Most Deserving Clipper All Star This Year?
While Blake Griffin and Chris Paul have the star cache to be the likely nominees, are they the most deserving Clippers? This season with injuries to Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, Redick turning into the human torch, and a few games without DeAndre Jordan have made the question much closer than ever before.
I think a case can be made for each of the core 4 players. Blake started the year on a tear, and before going down was having probably his best all around year, seemingly supplanting Chris Paul as the team's best player. But he's missed about 25% of the season thus far, at what point does absence matter? Chris Paul struggled with a malady of injures early which have brought his numbers down, but has healed up and shone as an MVP level player again, especially with Blake out. The past few games with DeAndre out and DeAndre struggling with pneumonia have drastically shown how important he is to this improving(?) Clipper defense Hell, Zach Lowe put DJ in as an All Star reserve over Blake Griffin in his picks this year. Redick has been their offensive MVP and is having a historical season shooting the ball, but is he anything more than a really good complimentary piece?
Is it possible Redick and Jordan are more important to the team, but less deserving as All Stars? If I had to pick one player as the most deserving, man that's a tough one that doesn't have one right answer. So instead I'm opening it up to the Clips Nation staff to tell me who they think most deserves to be an All Star.
I think Chris Paul is the top overall choice for a Clippers' All Star player. He has missed a few games and struggled at the start of the season, but his overall numbers are still fantastic and he remains an above average player on the defensive end. CP3 is a top 3 point guard in the NBA alongside Russell Westbrook and Steph Curry, and his incredible play with Blake out has been the main catalyst for the Clippers' run.