- Mike Mazzeo, ESPN New York Writer
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As is well-known, the superstar point guards were taken a pick apart -- D-Will third overall and CP3 fourth overall -- in the 2005 draft.
Paul has garnered more individual accolades than Williams, but D-Will has advanced further in the playoffs, reaching the Western Conference finals in 2006-07 with the Jazz; CP3 has never made it out of the second round.
Now, both point guards are without a head coach after the Nets and Clippers were both bounced in the first round of the playoffs this season. Paul is slated to be a free agent, but is expected to re-sign with the Clippers.
That would mean several more years of D-Will and CP3 being the star players on teams that are “the other team” in their respective markets.
Both point guards -- assuming Paul re-signs -- are surrounded by good talent. But perspective coaches might need to be wary of coaching either player.
Fairly or unfairly, Williams has developed a reputation as a “coach killer” because of the Jerry Sloan and Avery Johnson situations. Meanwhile, there are reports that Paul played a significant role in Vinny Del Negro being let go in Los Angeles.
All that being said, if you were a coach, which point guard would you rather coach: D-Will or CP3? Let us know in the comments section below.
D-Will: 18.9 ppg, 7.7 apg, 3.0 rpg, 44.0 fg, 37.8 3-pt fg, 20.38 PER
CP3: 16.9 ppg, 9.7 apg, 3.7 rpg, 48.1 fg, 32.8 3-pt fg, 26.43 PER
Deron Williams and Chris Paul seem to have more in common now than ever. As is well-known, the superstar point guards were taken a pick apart -- D-Will third overall and CP3 fourth overall -- in the 2005 draft.