"Cool. I think it’s happened before so I’m honored and privileged," Paul said.
It was the first time Paul has received the honor this season.
The Clippers have won four consecutive games and have the fourth-best record in the West at 46-25. Paul averaged 26 points, 11.3 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 2 steals per game during that stretch.
He had three double doubles last week and scored 30 points or more twice during that stretch. He had an NBA-best +71 points while on the court.
Paul has had a terrific season — averaging 18.8 points and 10.1 assists per game — and that has somehow been a quiet season. Some critics even argued Paul shouldn’t make the All-Star team, which he did for the eighth consecutive season.
"I think the league and we all take him for granted," Doc Rivers said. "I’m actually surprised anyone noticed. He’s been doing this for about a month now, and it’s really gone unnoticed that I know of. Maybe people have been talking about it. I don’t care how good you are, it’s still good to be recognized. That’s nice."
Paul is the lone player in the NBA averaging at least 18.5 points, 10 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals. He leads the NBA with 10.1 assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio (4.24). He’s seventh in the NBA in steals with 1.87 per game.