When Chris Paul played for New Orleans, I knew he was good. I mean, of course I knew he was good, I knew he was great. But the Hornets weren't exactly the darlings of TNT and ESPN, and for one reason or another I frequently missed Clippers-Hornets games over the years (which is weird because I probably only miss a handful of games a year in general).

Then the playoffs would come around and I'd see how outstanding this guy really was.

But watching him game in and game out for an entire season and two playoff series has given me an entirely new perspective on Chris Paul. He is a truly remarkable basketball player -- but it's not always easy to tell exactly what makes him so special.