To the average viewer, State Farm’s recent commercial starring Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony in a retelling of the now-classic NBA finals series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, seemed like a perfect marriage of superstar power and a relatable backstory.
The NBA is currently in a good place, with a healthy amount of parity and a lot of exciting young talent. However, in the history of the league, the Bucks are the worst team to ever make it this far into the playoffs. The team was picked by many fans and media members to simply be a Los Angeles team, an overhyped team with little chance of success.
You know what’s funny about the NBA? The more you think about it, the more absurd things seem. A simple Google search of “Chris Paul state farm commercial” will bring up a number of videos, but the one I’m about to show you has the most surprising ending of them all.
Chris Paul waited 16 years to get to the NBA Finals, and once he did, he played quite well. But it obviously wasn’t enough as his Phoenix Suns lost the 2021 Finals in six games to the Milwaukee Bucks, who won their first title in half a century on Tuesday night as Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped a fitting 50 points on Paul & Co. in the 105-98 victory.
Nobody knows what Paul will do next since he has a huge player option for the 2021-22 season, which opens up a lot of possibilities. What we do know is that one of CP3’s State Farm ads from a few years ago foreshadowed the outcome of his first appearance in the NBA Finals.
Chris Paul had a fantastic first NBA Finals performance.
Following a strong regular season in which he led the Suns to a 51-21 record and their first postseason appearance in 11 years, Paul led Phoenix to victories over the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers, the Denver Nuggets, and his former team, the Los Angeles Clippers, to reach the NBA Finals for the first time.
CP3 displayed steely nerves in his first Finals game, scoring a team-high 32 points in the Suns’ Game 1 win, and then adding another 23 points to help Phoenix take a 2-0 series lead. The Bucks won the following four games, the last three of which were decided by seven points or fewer, but Paul had a great season, except for a shaky effort in Game 4.
Paul averaged 21.8 points and 8.2 assists per game in the series, shooting 55 percent from the field, 52.2 percent from 3-point range, and 75 percent from the foul line.
One of CP3’s State Farm ads hinted that he would lose in the NBA Finals against the Bucks.
Christian Petersen/Getty Images Chris Paul during Game 5 of the 2021 NBA Finals
As we’re sure you know, Paul has been a spokesman for State Farm for many years now (since 2012 to be exact) and has done quite a few commercials for the insurance company. And as many were quick to point out on social media when it became clear the Milwaukee Bucks were going to claim their first title since 1971, one of those spots somewhat predicted that Paul never stood a chance in his first Finals appearance. Take a look.
Like you can see, Paul’s day was spoiled when a buck totally demolished his garage, much as the Bucks ruined his best opportunity to win an NBA title on Tuesday night. Yes, it’s ridiculous, and the commercial clearly had nothing to do with the Suns’ loss, but you have to agree the link is spooky. If only Paul had had Oscar from The Office at his side to cheer him up on Tuesday night.
Paul, on the other hand, isn’t ready to give up on his goal of winning an NBA championship just yet. It’s now only a question of what uniform he’ll wear next year when he tries for the 17th time.
So, what’s next for Paul?
Paul said after the Suns’ Game 6 defeat that he would not be retiring and that he was eager to go “back to work.” But where will he be doing his work?
Paul’s player option for the 2021-22 season is worth $44.2 million, and there are many scenarios in which it may be exercised. He could first exercise that option, play next season in Phoenix, and then sort things out the following summer. However, this does not seem to be the case. If he stays with the Suns, it’ll most likely be because he opts out of his current contract in order to negotiate a multiyear extension for approximately $100 million over three years.
Paul could also opt for free agency or the sign-and-trade route, either of which brings the Lakers into play as it’s being reported that LeBron James & Co. are looking to add a veteran point guard and CP3 is on their list, as is Russell Westbrook.
The best chance is for Paul to return to Phoenix and run it back with the Suns, who should have no issue paying him considering that he recently guided the team to its third-ever NBA Finals trip. Phoenix will undoubtedly need CP3 if they are to stay competitive in a much stronger Western Conference next season.
Maybe we’ll go at a few more State Farm advertisements to see if there’s anything we can learn about where he’ll wind up.
Basketball Reference provided the statistics.
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