With all sincere respect to Blake Griffin -- whose exceptionally strong play in 2014 has kept the Clippers humming in Chris Paul's absence, established him as arguably the NBA's best all-around power forward not named "LeBron" or "James," and even sparked a few "MVP candidate" whispers -- the answer remains Chris Paul. The answer also isn't likely to change between now and however long his season lasts.
CP3 isn't just the Clippers' best, most accomplished player. He's often the best player on the floor whenever they play. In an evenly matched series, a transcendent talent typically breaks the tie. Plus, he's the Clippers' unquestioned leader, the player whose cues are taken most frequently, whose personality shapes the collective.
It's certainly admirable how folks like Griffin and Jamal Crawford took the leadership reins while CP3 was sidelined, but the postseason is an entirely different animal. That's the time when a team's most inspirational voice guides the way, and for the Clippers, Paul's rings the loudest.
More importantly, the playoffs offer anywhere from 4-7 games to scout opponents, sniff out weaknesses and throw the kitchen sink at a game plan. That familiarity requires players to make in-game adjustments on the fly, sometimes before even a coach of Doc Rivers' capabilities can solve the puzzle.
With that in mind, there's no point guard in the NBA better than Paul at keeping a game on a string and his dribble alive while waiting for the proper offensive action or a defensive lapse to exploit. This genius, particularly in today's predominately guard-driven NBA, can't be overestimated.