When Chris Paul returned from injury last season, he averaged 38 minutes per game. He has played at least 36 minutes a game every year he has been in the league.
New Hornets coach Monty Williams wants to cut that back to below 35 minutes a game, resting his star a little bit and saving him as the season moves on. He told the Times-Picayune that may be hard as Paul does not like to come off the floor.
It’s preseason, every coach wants to keep his stars minutes down now. The reality of wins or losses changes that.
The biggest issue with CP3’s minutes is that Willie Green is the backup after the Hornets traded away Darren Collison this summer. Green has to keep things close, keep the Hornets in games so that Paul does not have to come back in, for this plan to work.
Green put up solid backup numbers in Philadelphia last season but that was a team struggling in the first place so when they fell behind nobody was shocked. Here the goal is the playoffs. CP3 might get them there. Green has to be better to keep it close for Williams to reach his 35-minute goal.