How To Bet Chris Paul Props For The 2021-22 NBA Season
Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images. Pictured: Chris Paul #3 of the Phoenix Suns.
The Phoenix Suns are unlikely to sneak up on anyone this season. The Suns smashed their win projection in 2021, storming to the NBA Finals behind a balanced team led by veteran guard Chris Paul.
For a sure-fire Hall of Famer like Paul, making his first-ever NBA Finals was obviously a huge deal. Paul enjoyed the moment and played valiantly, but the Suns fell in six games to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Paul's chances of winning any big-time awards have likely passed him by, but after last season, thinking that he can't win an MVP is much, much different from saying that he won't.
Coming off a long, grueling season and yet another short offseason, it could be tough for Paul to bring 100% over the full season. But if you are confident that Paul's age-36 regular season will be an excellent one, then you definitely need to take a look at Paul's odds for various awards and props for the 2021-22 NBA season.
Paul is +1200 at DraftKings to lead the league in assists, which is the fifth-best odds. Paul averaged 8.9 assists per game last season, tied with the Warriors' Draymond Green for third in the league.
With Phoenix bringing back most of their supporting cast, Paul will continue to have an especially important familiarity with the preferences of his teammates in terms of shot locations, etc.
The Action Network's Matt Moore made the excellent case that Paul is a solid look for the assists leader prop because he left so many potential assists on the table. This is despite racking up 622 assists over 70 games.
This means if Paul—who averaged 14.0 assists per 100 possession last season—gets improved play from the young players on the roster, 12-1 odds for an assists title will look quite nice.
Chris Paul's MVP odds sit at +8000 at DraftKings. Paul's long odds are a combination of a strong MVP candidate being on his team (Devin Booker) and his age (36) making it unlikely that he puts together a full 82-game season.
With all of that being said, you need to look no further than last season to see how much MVP voters value Paul's impact on winning.
Despite having counting statistics that weren't overwhelmingly impressive—16 points, 4 rebounds, 8.9 assists per game—Paul finished within the top-five in MVP voting.
All it takes is a surprising late-career uptick in scoring or another dominant season from Phoenix, and you can guarantee that Paul will at least insert himself into the MVP conversation. No matter how much Devin Booker or Deandre Ayton dominate, their success will be tied to Paul, which only boosts what is for now, a darkhorse MVP campaign.