On a recent episode of the Good Word with Goodwill podcast from Yahoo! Sports, veteran ESPN/Andscape reporter Marc Spears dropped some intel on Chris Paul's fit with his new team. Spears told Vince Goodwill that Paul is expected to start for the Golden State Warriors this season.
"I do expect him to start. And I think it's like five-minute spurts," Spears said. "I don't know that they really want his minutes to be high, but I think they're gonna try it. I could be wrong, but that's the gist I'm getting. This isn't an opinion that he's expected to start. It's what I'm hearing. He's never not started in his career."
In his 18 NBA seasons, Chris Paul has played in 1,214 regular season games and started in every one of them. The veteran point guard has played in an additional 149 games in the playoffs and has started all of those games, as well.
The Warriors regular starting lineup features Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andrew Wiggins and Kevon Looney. All five of those players are returning to Golden State for this season, which means one would be bumped to a reserve role if Paul starts.