Pro #1: Veteran presence
At 38 years old, Chris Paul is one of the oldest players in the NBA, yet he’s still able to make an impact on the game. And while the stats may not reflect it anymore, his impact is an All-Star-caliber one.
However, what may be more helpful for the Dallas Mavericks at this point in his career is the experience Paul has, as it could help Luka Doncic moving forward.
Dallas would be hard-pressed to find a better point guard mentor for Doncic than Paul, who is arguably one of the greatest point guards in the history of basketball.
He’s had 17 years of NBA experience to this point, all as the lead ball-handler. This includes playoff runs, a trip to the NBA Finals, and plenty of years of seeing what doesn’t work.
Paul is also one of the smartest players in the NBA and would help give Doncic, who is already an extremely smart player, another level of intelligence to employ on the basketball court.
Plus, the leadership that Paul brings to the table could help shape Doncic into a better leader in his own right, which will be useful as he attempts to lead the Mavericks on title runs.
Having Paul in his ear all season would be a great experience to help Doncic improve as a player.