Not so long ago, ESPN gave the Oklahoma City Thunder a 0.2% chance of making the playoffs. Now, they're the 5th seed in the Western Conference and have a legit chance of upsetting the Houston Rockets in the first round. Chris Paul deserves a lot of credit for that.
Notably, some people even wonder if Chris Paul was going to suit up for the Thunder, as the team was supposed to go through a rebuild and they'd look to move him to a contender. Needless to say, that wasn't the case.
The Thunder have shocked the world and are playing very good basketball. They're a deep team who knows how to share the wealth in the offensive end and play as a unit in defense as well. Judging by what we've seen in the bubble, they can beat the best teams in the world any given night.
But perhaps the thing that stands out the most is the fact that this Oklahoma City Thunder team finished with the best record (44-28, 61% winning percentage) since 2015-16, the year Kevin Durant left to join the Golden State Warriors.
Let's not ignore that the Thunder had Russell Westbrook, Victor Oladipo, and Domantas Sabonis at one point. Then, they had Paul George and Carmelo Anthony, so it's not like they haven't had their fair share of stars to try and make some noise out of the West.
Once again, Chris Paul should get a lot of praise. The Point God turned back the clock and proved that he can still make everybody around him better at his age. He's had a remarkable impact on both ends of the floor and more importantly, he's managed to stay healthy.
Ironically, Paul is set to face the very team that traded him away this season, so we can expect him to go full revenge mode right away. You should never count him or the Thunder out.