The time is finally here: the NBA Finals. Whether your team is in the big dance or not, it is hard to deny that this has been one of the most exciting NBA postseasons in quite some time. Big-name teams have made way for “small market” franchises, and this Finals features two teams that could not be more deserving.
For fans of small-market teams like myself, this Finals matchup holds a lot of weight. After seeing some sports reporters bash small market teams, it is nice to finally see them represented in the biggest matchup of the season. Specifically for Pelicans fans such as myself, this matchup has left us torn on who we want to win. On one hand, we have former Coach Monty Williams re-united with former star Chris Paul. On the other hand, Jrue Holiday finally is being seen as the menace he is and after years of giving his all to New Orleans, he gets to compete for a Championship.
For many fans as they watch this series, a question arises: Who deserves a ring more: CP3 or Giannis? No doubt that both stars are deserving of the title, but who has earned it more? This article will make a case for both sides on why I believe each deserves an NBA Championship ring and who I feel deserves it more.
On its surface, the easy answer to this proposed question seems to be Chris Paul. After 16 years of leading floundering teams across the NBA to new heights, it’s time CP3 gets the “Champion” title he deserves. Although Paul has never won a championship, he has vastly improved every team he has been a part of, all cumulating with this Phoenix Suns squad.
In the eyes of many: CP3 is a Hall-of-Famer whether he gets a ring or not. However, if he does finally get the ring he deserves, he may be solidified as a first-ballot inductee as well as one of the greatest to play the Point Guard Position. Paul has never joined a “superteam” to get a ring. He has built every squad that he has been a part of from the ground up by setting the example for more young players than anyone could count.
While fans in Phoenix are rooting for their Suns to bring home their first title in franchise history, fans across the country will be rooting for Chris Paul to get his first ring in his career.
The only thing harder than defending Giannis may be spelling and pronouncing his last name. Giannis is a beast all over the court, and he needs to have someone watching him at all times. Selected 15th overall in the 2013 draft, Giannis has made all 14 teams that picked ahead of Milwaukee regret their decisions. The Greek freak has been working on himself since he entered the league. He has improved both his physical and mental attributes as well as consistently added to his game.
Giannis is the perfect example of working hard to achieve your goals, and many believe that it is almost inevitable that he will have at least one ring before his career ends. It has taken a lot of hard work on Giannis’s part to go from a scrawny rookie to “the Greek Freak,” but he has put in the work since the start.
Earning a ring would solidify Giannis as one of the best to play the game, and earning a ring this early in his career could lead to more down the line. Giannis has proven himself as one of the best in the NBA, and he deserves to be rewarded for his hard work, dedication, and loyalty to Milwaukee.
Who Deserves the Trophy?
So, with all of that being said, who do I think deserves a ring more? My answer would have to be Chris Paul. CP3 has been the backbone of teams since he was drafted by the New Orleans Hornets in 2005. Paul has led teams such as the Thunder and Clippers to heights never expected before, and in my opinion, he deserves recognition for his hard work.
Although I love Giannis, I believe his time is coming soon. Giannis is young and has plenty of time left in his career. For Paul, though, injuries have begun to pile up and the clock may be ticking on his career. He deserves a ring before he hears his final buzzer.
Who do you think deserves the NBA title more? Let me know on Twitter @j_vlosich!