Today in Sports History: December 15

By Brandon Zhu

In 2011, Chris Paul was traded from the New Orleans Hornets to the Los Angeles Clippers. Paul, who was the 4th pick in the 2005 NBA Draft, helped the Clippers reach the playoffs in each of his six seasons with the team. Playing alongside Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan, the team built a reputation for their fast-paced offense and electrifying alley-oop dunks and earned the nickname “Lob City”. In the 2014-15 season, Paul averaged 19.1 points and a league-high 10.2 assists per game. The Clippers defeated the San Antonio Spurs who were the defending champions in the first round of the 2015 playoffs. In Game 7, Paul hit a go-ahead shot with a second left to lift the Clippers over the Spurs despite a hamstring injury. One of the greatest point guards, Paul currently ranks no.7 on the NBA All-Time Assists Leaders list with 9,653 assists. Paul’s accolades include 9x All-NBA Team, 9x All-NBA Defense Team, 4x NBA assists leader, 6x NBA steals leader, and 10x NBA All-Star.

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