All NBA teams aren't decided by an advanced stat algorithm, they're decided by the media and who knows what they look at. Paul made it last year with similar stats and I'd bet his playoff performance was a factor in influencing votes even if it wasn't supposed to be. I believe they announce this in late May don't they?
Larry Bird qouted March 25th. 2015:
Bird: I wanted to keep our group together because in the summer, if David and Roy opt out, we're back to zero, really. We don't have that much, so you leave your options open. If we did make a trade, I didn't want to take on a lot of contracts -- because that's what usually happens. Plus, I liked my guys. They're playing well. If we keep the core together and Paul comes back healthy, we'll be right back to where we were.
I think Lowe summarizes it very well. Basically, if Paul brings it in the playoffs and wills us to round 2, everyone on here will be saying: "pay that man, shut up and take my money", and if he poops the bed or plays like he has this season, everyone on here will be begging to move him.
We all know what he's capable of. He just needs to follow through, and do it.
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Paul's not playing bad but he's truly not producing like he was last year. I don't mean to make too much of that because he's still better than the alternative on the wing every single night. But let's be honest. His effort stats being down across the board means something. He has to own that.
As for the team struggling, no that's not all on Paul. Losing Hill and Mahinmi was huge to the defense. Mahinmi's size and presence was very important. Also, fit is an issue. Our guard situation is awful and worse than last year in terms of fit. So expecting the team to play better should not have happened. The team isn't constructed as well as it was.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.
Or throw in a first-round pick and flip it for a max-level point guard...