Chris Paul is an American professional basketball player. He plays in the National Basketball Association with the Phoenix Suns. He has also played for the Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, and the Los Angeles Clippers. The New Orleans Hornets drafted him into the NBA in 2005. Paul has had a very decorated career with the NBA and as of 2022, he has been named an NBA All-Star 12 times. In, he was also named the MVP of the All-Star event.
Christopher Emmanuel Paul was born on May 6, 1985, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is nicknamed ‘CP3’ because both his father and brother share the same initials. He is married to Jada Crawley, his college sweetheart. Together, they have two children. In addition to basketball, he enjoys bowling and he also has a minor ownership stake with the minor-league baseball team, the Winston-Salem Dash.
Paul is a point guard and he shoots right-handed. He stands 183 cm tall and his weight was last listed as 79 kg.
Christopher Paul or Chris Paul is an American basketball player and one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. A two-time Olympic gold medalist with the U.S.A. Men’s basketball team, he also served as the National Basketball Players Association president.
While schooling at the West Forsyth high school, Paul was named by the Charlotte Observer and The Dallas Morning News as Mr. Basketball, North Carolina 2003. He attended college at Wake Forest University and played with the Demon Deacons for two years leading the team for two NCAA Tournaments and winning the ACC Rookie of the year and a place on the ACC All-Defensive Team.
In 2005, Paul was one of the most sought-after players and was drafted by the New Orleans Hornets as a Point Guard. However, due to the disastrous hurricane that hit New Orleans that year, the team had to relocate to Oklahoma city and as a result, Paul could not play the entire season. In 2006 Paul was on top of the rookie charts and was declared the Western Conference Rookie of the Month each month in the 2005-2006 Season. In 2006, Paul with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists had achieved his first triple-double and won the NBA Rookie of the year, 2006.
After playing the 2006-07 Season in Oklahoma, the Hornets finally returned to New Orleans in 2007-08. Paul in the meanwhile had matured from the rookie status and was gearing up for the All-Star Game to be held in New Orleans. Paul concluded the 2007-08 Season with an average of 2.71 steals per game and topped the NBA charts with 11.6 assists per game.
His true rise to basketball stardom started during the 2008-2009 Season when he set a new record for consecutive games with a steal. A series of injuries during the 2009-2010 Season affected Paul’s performance, but the Hornets went on to qualify for the playoffs against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers when Paul started playing the full season. While Paul gave an amazing performance, the Hornets still lost.
Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2011, invigorating the team’s line-up and overall performance. The Clippers went on to qualify for the playoffs but eventually lost in the Conference semi-finals to the San Antonio Spurs.
In the 2013-2014 Season, the Clipper set a new franchise record with 57 wins. Paul had a career-high three-pointer game that greatly helped in their games against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Thunders went on to eliminate the Clippers after six games.
Paul suffered from a hamstring injury but was able to play all 82 games of the 2014-2015 Season and established a league-high 10.2 assists per game and an average of 19.1 points. In the 2015-2016 Season, he helped the Clippers achieve a ten-game winning streak, but the Clippers eventually lost the series.
He was traded to the Houston Rockets on June 28, 2017, but was nursing a knee injury which made him unable to play for 14 games. When he returned to the court, he became the first player to have 28 points, 8 assists, and 7 steals against the San Antonio Spurs. Chris Paul signed a 4-year contract with the Rockets in July 2018.
In 2019, the Rockets traded Paul to the Oklahoma City Thunder. They acquired Russell Westbrook in the trade. In January of that year, he was named to the All-Star team. In 2020, the Thunder traded Paul to the Phoenix Suns. In February of the year, he was again named to the All-Star team.
Paul was also a part of the 2006 FIBA World Championship, bronze-winning United States National Basketball Team, and has a record for maximum assists (44) in team USA. Paul and the rest of Team USA won the gold medals again in the 2008 Beijing Olympics held in China.
- 2008–2016, 2020–2022 - NBA All-Star
- 2013 - NBA All-Star Game MVP
- 2008, 2012–2014 - All-NBA First Team
- 2009, 2015, 2016, 2020, 2021 -All-NBA Second Team
- 2011 - All-NBA Third Team
- 2009, 2012–2017 - NBA All-DefensiveFirst Team
- 2008, 2011 - NBA All-DefensiveSecond Team
- 2006 - NBA Rookie of the Year
- 2006 - NBA All-Rookie First Team
- 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2022 - NBAassists leader
- 2008, 2009, 2011–2014 - NBA stealsleader
- NBA 75th Anniversary Team
- 2005 - Consensus first-teamAll-American
- 2005 - First-team All-ACC
- 2004 - Third-team All-ACC
- 2004 - ACC Rookie of the Year
- No. 3 retired by Wake Forest DemonDeacons
- 2004 - USA Basketball Male Athleteof the Year
- 2003 - First-team ParadeAll-American
- 2003 - McDonald’s All-American
- 2003 - North Carolina Mr. Basketball
Medal Record, Representing the United States
- Gold medal - 2008 Beijing
- Gold medal - 2012 London
FIBA World Championship
- Bronze medal - 2006 Japan