Chris Paul is the best point guard in the NBA. D'Antoni's system relies heavily on a good point guard. Steve Nash turned them into a 60+ win team. It's not all about the stats with CHris Paul, but the way he would orchestrate our offense. Not only dring the regular season, but in a game 7 in the conf. or even NBA finals. You need somebody who's able to initiate the offense and bring the ball up the court while under heavy pressure in 'do or die games'.
A good center is always helpful and almost neccesary to win a 'ship, but a great point guard/ball handler is probably the most important piece during the playoffs.
Right now we have Billups, but he'll probably retire in 2012. I'm all for signing a center instead of Paul, but the only center available in 2012 who's better than Paul is Dwight Howard and it doesn't look one bit like he'll sign with us.
Honestly, would you take DeAndre Jordan, Marc Gasol, Javale McGee, Samuel Dalembert or Jason Thompso over Chris Paul? I wouldn't!
I'd rather acquire Paul, be in cap hell again (so be it) and draft a center who can defend and rebound.
6'11 or 7'0 center out of college who can defend and rebound
I think that would be a dream team for us and good enough to win a championship.