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Pistons visit Chris Paul and the Hornets

While the debate continues regarding whether Deron Williams and Chris Paul will emerge as the best point guard drafted in 2005, the fact of the matter is that just about any team in the league would be happy with both. We've already seen Williams go nuts against the Pistons this year; tonight, it's Paul's turn as the Pistons visit New Orleans.

How high is Paul's ceiling? My HOOPSWORLD colleague Preeton Bhattacharya examined that question recently and found that Paul's third season in the NBA compares favorably to the third years of some NBA greats like Jason Kidd, Gary Payton and Steve Nash, not to mention another guy many of us spent years watching:

Adding someone else into the mix, Paul's numbers and wins both parallel an all-time great statistically – although many tend to forget that Isiah Thomas was an absolutely amazing basketball player, Paul and Thomas have almost identical numbers in their third year.

Chris Paul: 36.6 MPG, 19.6 PPG, .479 FG%, .385 3P%, .917 FT%, 4.3 RPG, 10.1 APG, 2.9 SPG, 3.06 TO

Isiah Thomas: 36.7 MPG, 21.3 PPG, .462 FG%, .338 3P%, .733 FT%, 4.00 RPG, 11.1 APG, 2.49 SPG, 3.74 TO, 49 wins

Interesting, to say the least. The ball tips at 8pm on FSN. As usual, leave your thoughts in the comments.