Sunday , Feb , 24 , 2008 Oly Sandor

Chris Paul and David West or Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer?

Chris Paul or Deron Williams? It’s the never-ending debate that began on draft day in June, 2005. Utah, of course, selected Williams third overall, while New Orleans took Paul with the next pick. Ever since, the world has gone back-and-forth on anointing Paul or Williams the game’s best young table-setter. Right now, CP3 has the edge and could be the premier 1-man in The Association …

Chris Paul and David West or Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer?

The AM Take: Chris Paul or Deron Williams? It’s the never-ending debate that began on draft day in June, 2005. Utah, of course, selected Williams third overall, while New Orleans took Paul with the next pick.

Ever since, the world has gone back-and-forth on anointing Paul or Williams the game’s best young table-setter. Right now, CP3 has the edge and could be the premier 1-man in The Association.

For now, forget Paul versus Williams. There’s a bigger question: who possesses the best young point guard-power forward duo? The Hornets have Paul and David West, while the Jazz have Williams and Carlos Boozer.

The case for Paul and West:

  • Paul is an Isiah Thomas clone. His speed, ball-handling, panache, and dime-dropping skills have helped him emerge as an All-Star and legitimate MVP candidate.
  • West, despite recently being named an All-Star, is slept-on. He averages close to 20-10 and sets a physical tone inside for the Hornets with Tyson Chandler.
  • Together, Paul and West have New Orleans near the top of the Western Conference standings. The Hornets, whether they stay in ‘The Big Easy’ or bounce elsewhere, will contend with their dynamic duo.

The case for Williams and Boozer:

  • If Paul is Isiah Thomas reincarnated, then Williams is Jason Kidd with an outside shot.. Williams’ size, handles, and ability to finish make a load for opposing defenses.

  • Boozer is a beast. This year, he’s dropping 22 and 11 on opponents, dominating the inside with a rare combination of size and skill. After a slow start to his career with the Jazz, Boozer has developed into an elite four-man.
  • Utah fans got lucky. Stockton to Malone was quickly replaced with Williams to Boozer. This pair should keep the Jazz in contention out west for years to come.

Winner: Paul and West.

Why: All four players are special, perennial All-Stars who any team would love. Paul and Williams are close, while Boozer tops West down low.

But Paul possesses intangibles few have. He’s beyond an All-Star. He’s an All-NBA First Team candidate and, right now, the best point guard in the world. Williams and Boozer are unlikely to reach the same heights as Paul.

As the best player in this comparison, New Orleans’ tiny table-setter gives the Paul-West combo the edge.

Paul and West or Williams and Boozer? Get at us in the comment box below. The AM Take is Oly’s morning thoughts on the NBA appearing Sunday through Friday on HoopsVibe.com. Errors can be attributed to the time and his need for another coffee.