Friday , Mar , 20 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Chris Paul: I’m Better Now than I Was Last Year

For his part, Paul said he’s not personally disappointed in his apparent absence among the MVP candidates.

"I feel like I get my fair share of notoriety," he said. "We’re not one of those teams that’s at the top of the conference standings like we were last year, I guess. Maybe it’s a good thing. Hopefully this year we’ll come to the playoffs and be a team that makes a lot of noise.

"I mean, last year was unbelievable being in the MVP race. It was a lot of fun, all the hoopla about it. But this year, I feel like I’m having a better year this year than last year. I feel I’m shooting the ball at a higher percentage and stuff like that."

Paul believes his growth as a player on both ends of the floor has manifested in various ways, whether or not he’s in the postseason award debate.