Chris Paul

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Chris Paul
Chris Paul dribbling 20131118 Clippers v Grizzles.jpg
Paul with the Clippers in 2013.
No. 3 – Los Angeles Clippers
Position Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1985-05-06) May 6, 1985 (age 29)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina[a]
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 174 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school West Forsyth
(Clemmons, North Carolina)
College Wake Forest (2003–2005)
NBA draft 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the New Orleans Hornets
Pro career 2005–present
Career history
20052011 New Orleans Hornets[b]
2011–present Los Angeles Clippers
Career highlights and awards

Christopher Emmanuel "Chris" Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Standing at 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) and weighing 175 lb (79 kg), he has started at the point guard position exclusively. Paul has won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, an Olympic gold medal, and led the NBA in assists three times and steals six times. He has also been selected to seven NBA All-Star teams, six All-NBA teams, and six All-Defensive teams.

Paul was a McDonald's All-American in high school. He attended Wake Forest University for two years of college basketball where he helped the Demon Deacons achieve their first ever number one ranking. He was selected fourth overall in the 2005 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets. In 2008, he was the runner-up for the NBA Most Valuable Player Award. He was traded to the Clippers in 2011.

Off the court, Paul regularly ranks as one of the highest-paid basketball players in the world. He has served as the National Basketball Players Association president since August 2013.

Early life[edit]

Paul was born on May 6, 1985 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina to Charles Edward Paul and Robin Jones.[3] He has an older brother named Charles "C.J." Paul.[3] A former athlete himself, Charles, Sr. taught his sons basketball and football and coached them in various youth leagues throughout their childhoods.[4] Growing up, the Paul brothers spent their summers working at a service station owned by their grandfather Nathanial Jones,[5] who Paul attributes many life lessons to and describes as his "best friend".[6]

High School career[edit]

Paul attended West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, North Carolina.[7] During his freshman and sophomore seasons, he played for the junior varsity team.[8] In his junior year, he averaged 25 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.4 steals per game, helping West Forsyth reach the state semifinals.[9] Over the ensuing summer, he led the Winston-Salem-based Kappa Magic to the National U-17 AAU title, earning tournament MVP honors in the process.[10] During his senior season, Paul received national attention for scoring 61 points in a game; his grandfather was found slain earlier in the year and Paul honored him by scoring one point for each year of his life.[7] Paul finished the season with averages of 30.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, 9.5 assists, and 6 steals per game, leading West Forsyth to a 27–3 record and the Class 4A Eastern Regional finals.[9] For his outstanding play, he was a named a McDonald's All-American and North Carolina's Mr. Basketball by The Charlotte Observer.[9]

College career[edit]

In Paul's freshman year, he averaged 14.8 points, 5.9 assists, and 2.7 steals per game for Wake Forest University,[11] setting school freshman records for three-point percentage, free throws, free throw percentage, assists, and steals.[9] Behind his play, the Demon Deacons qualified for the NCAA Tournament, losing in the Sweet Sixteen to St. Joseph's.[12] At the conclusion of the season, Paul was named ACC Rookie of the Year and Third Team All-ACC.[9]

For two weeks early in Paul's sophomore season, Wake Forest were ranked number one in the nation for the first time in school history.[13] In the final game of the year, Paul punched NC State guard Julius Hodge in the groin and received a one game suspension for the ACC Tournament,[14] an incident that marred Paul's image for a short time.[13] The Demon Deacons again qualified for the NCAA Tournament but suffered a second round upset at the hands of West Virginia.[15] With final averages of 15.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 2.4 steals per game, Paul was eventually named First Team Consensus All-America,[11] and with a 3.21 grade point average (GPA), he was also named to ESPN's Academic All-America Team.[16] On April 15, 2005, he announced he would be hiring an agent and turning professional.[13] On March 2, 2011, Wake Forest retired his jersey.[17]

College career statistics[edit]

Cited from Sports Reference.[11]
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004 Wake Forest 31 31 33.6 .496 .465 .843 3.3 5.9 2.5 .4 14.8
2005 Wake Forest 32 32 33.4 .451 .474 .834 4.4 6.6 2.7 .0 15.3
Career 63 63 33.5 .472 .470 .838 3.9 6.3 2.5 .2 15.0

Professional career[edit]

New Orleans Hornets (2005–11)[edit]

Paul attempts a runner in December 2008.

Early seasons (2005–07)[edit]

Paul was selected fourth overall in the 2005 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets.[18] Due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, the Hornets played most of their games in Oklahoma City that year.[19] Paul finished the season leading all rookies in points, assists, steals, and double-doubles, and became only the second rookie in NBA history to lead the league in total steals.[20] With final averages of 16.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 7.8 assists, and 2.2 steals per game,[21] he was named Rookie of the Year, falling just one vote shy of winning the award unanimously.[20] The only other rookie to receive a first place vote was Deron Williams, with whom Paul enjoyed a brief rivalry with early in their careers.[22]

At the 2007 All-Star Weekend, Paul set new Rookie Challenge records with 17 assists and 9 steals.[23] For his sophomore season, he increased his scoring and passing averages to 17.3 points and 8.9 assists per game, but played in only 64 games due to injury.[21]

MVP runner-up (2007–08)[edit]

Paul was selected to his first All-Star Game in the 2007–08 season,[21] playing in front of his home fans in New Orleans.[24] Behind his play, the Hornets were near the top of the Western Conference standings all year, temporarily occupying first place on March 17 following a win against the Chicago Bulls.[25] New Orleans finished the season with a franchise-record 56 wins and the second seed in the West.[26][27] Paul led the NBA with 11.6 assists and 2.7 steals per game to go along with 21.1 points per game,[21][28] finishing second in Most Valuable Player voting and being named to his first All-NBA and All-Defensive teams.[21][29] In his playoff debut, he scored 35 points against the Dallas Mavericks.[30] In Game 2, he set a franchise playoff-record 17 assists.[31] The Hornets defeated the Mavericks in five games, with Paul registering 24 points, 11 rebounds, and 15 assists in the final game.[32] New Orleans were eliminated in the next round by the San Antonio Spurs.[26]

Paul speaks with Hornets coach Byron Scott in March 2009.

Final years in New Orleans (2008–11)[edit]

Prior to the start of the 2008–09 season, Paul signed a contract extension with the Hornets worth $68 million.[33] On December 17, he set the NBA record for consecutive games with a steal at 106.[34] On several occasions he came within a few steals of recording a quadruple-double, including a 27 point, 10 rebound, 15 assist, and 7 steal game against the Philadelphia 76ers on January 26.[35] His final averages were 22.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 11 assists, and 2.8 steals per game.[21] Despite Paul's individual accomplishments, New Orleans' record fell from the year before and they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Denver Nuggets.[36]

After a slow start to the 2009–10 season, the Hornets fired coach Byron Scott.[37] Paul stirred up controversy when he announced his displeasure with the move, commenting that team management should have "consulted with me and asked how I felt before it happened."[38] In early February, Paul tore cartilage in his left knee and was sidelined for over a month by surgery, forcing him to miss the All-Star Game.[39][40] In total, he played in only 45 games and his averages dropped to 18.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 10.7 assists, and 2.1 steals per game.[21] Without Paul, the Hornets struggled, missing the playoffs.[41]

Paul had another injury scare on March 6 of the 2010–11 season, suffering a concussion after colliding with Cavalier guard Ramon Sessions and being carried off the court in a stretcher.[42] He returned two games later, registering 33 points and 15 assists against the Sacramento Kings.[43] With Paul playing a full season, the Hornets qualified for the playoffs and were matched up with the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers in the first round.[44] Paul had a "historically great" performance in the series,[45] contributing 33 points, 14 assists, and 4 steals in Game 1 and 27 points, 13 rebounds, and 15 assists in Game 4.[46][47] His final averages were 22 points, 6.7 rebounds, 11.5 assists, and 1.8 steals per game on 54.5 percent shooting.[21] New Orleans were eliminated in six games,[44] and ownership, fearing that Paul would leave the franchise via free agency, began actively pursuing a trade that would provide the team equitable compensation in return for his services.[48]

Los Angeles Clippers (2011–present)[edit]

Trade to Los Angeles (2011)[edit]

On December 8, 2011, the Hornets agreed to a three-team trade sending Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA, who owned the team at the time, nullified the deal, with commissioner David Stern claiming New Orleans would be better off keeping Paul.[49] The teams involved in the trade attempted to lobby the league to reverse its ruling and reconstruct the deal to no avail.[50][51] On December 12, the Hornets agreed to a trade sending Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers, but the deal broke down after the NBA added additional demands to the original terms.[52] Two days later, the teams finally made the trade, sending Paul and two future second round draft picks to the Clippers for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu, and the Minnesota Timberwolves' unprotected first round pick in the 2012 draft.[53] Upon the deal's completion, Paul announced that he would opt into the final year of his contract and remain in Los Angeles for at least two more seasons.[54]

Early playoff exits (2011–present)[edit]

Paul with the Clippers in February 2012.

Paul's arrival to Los Angeles rejuvenated the Clippers franchise, with teammate Blake Griffin later commenting, "It put us on the map."[55] Early in Paul's debut season, the team developed a reputation for their fast paced offense and spectacular alley-oop dunks,[56] usually from Paul to Griffin or DeAndre Jordan,[57] earning them the nickname "Lob City".[58] Paul finished the year averaging 19.8 points, 9.1 assists, and 2.5 steals per game,[21] becoming the first Clipper to be named to the All-NBA First Team since the franchise moved to Los Angeles in the 1980s.[59] Behind his play and the emergence of Griffin as an All-NBA performer, Los Angeles qualified for the playoffs, losing to the San Antonio Spurs in the Conference Semifinals.[60]

At the 2013 All-Star Game, Paul led the West to victory with a 20 point and 15 assist performance, earning his first All-Star Game MVP Award.[61][62] He finished the season averaging 16.9 points, 9.7 assists, and 2.4 steals per game, helping the Clippers to a franchise-record 56 wins.[21][63] Seeded fourth in the West entering the playoffs, Los Angeles were defeated in the first round by the Memphis Grizzlies.[64] Shortly after their early postseason exit, the Clippers announced they would not renew coach Vinny Del Negro's contract and rumors arose of Paul forcing Del Negro out. Los Angeles later denied any player involvement in the coaching decision.[65][66][67]

Prior to the start of the 2013–14 season, Paul re-signed with the Clippers for five years on a contract worth approximately $107 million.[68] Despite a shoulder injury that sidelined him for over month,[69] Los Angeles set another new franchise record for wins with 57.[70] His final averages were 19.1 points, 10.7 assists, and 2.5 steals per game.[21] In Game 1 of the second round of the playoffs, he hit a career postseason-high eight three-pointers to help the Clippers take an early series lead over the Oklahoma City Thunder.[71] In Game 5 and with the series tied 2–2, he made a string of late mistakes leading to an eventual Thunder victory, later commenting, "It's me ... Everything that happened at the end is on me."[72] Oklahoma City eventually eliminated Los Angeles in six games.[73]

International career[edit]

Paul made his debut for the United States national team at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.[74] He finished the competition with a tournament-high 44 assists, helping Team USA win the bronze medal.[75] At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, he played a key role off the bench, scoring 13 points in a gold medal game victory against Spain.[76] Team USA finished the competition with a perfect 8−0 record.[74] Paul was promoted to the starting point guard position for the 2012 Olympics in London, averaging 8.2 points, 5.1 assists, and 1.6 steals per game en route to another gold medal and undefeated tournament.[77][78]

Player profile[edit]

Paul dribbles the ball in March 2009.

Standing at six feet tall and weighing 175 pounds, Paul plays point guard exclusively.[21] In his 2014 NBA preview, ESPN's Kevin Pelton called Paul the league's best point guard, adding, "a title he's held throughout his career when healthy".[79] His career averages are 18.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 9.9 assists, and 2.4 steals per game.[21] He has earned All-NBA honors five times (2008–09, 2011–13), All-Defensive honors five times (2008–09, 2011–13), and led the NBA in steals six times (2008–09, 2011–14) and in assists three times (2008–09, 2014).[21] In 2013, he was ranked the third best player in the league by ESPN and Sports Illustrated.[80][57]

Paul prefers playing in the half court versus playing up-tempo.[79] He creates scoring opportunities by constantly changing speeds; upon beating his defender one-on-one or shedding him in the pick-and-roll, he will often slow down and box him out, denying him from regaining front side position and forcing the defense to help at all times.[57] His ability to penetrate deep into the paint leads to easy shots for his teammates, and in 2013 he was second in the league in assisted three pointers.[79] Not only does Paul get to the basket extremely well, he possesses good shooting ability from the mid-range and three point areas. Although a jump shot is not his preferred tool on offence, he can still use it when he is denied the paint by the defence in an offensive set in order to score. This makes Paul particularly difficult to defend because he can score comfortably against most players anywhere on the court. An aggravating defender, he impacts the defensive end with active hands and high effort.[57] With a career player efficiency rating (PER) of 25.7, he is highly regarded in the advanced metrics community; in one article, ESPN's Tom Haberstroh called Paul the greatest point guard of all-time based on Paul's high shooting percentages and win shares.[81]

Off the court[edit]

Paul married his college sweetheart Jada Crawley on September 10, 2011.[82] Together they have two children, Christopher Emmanuel Paul II (born May 23, 2009) and Camryn Alexis Paul (born August 16, 2012).[83] The family resides in a Mediterranean-style mansion in Bel Air, which Paul bought from Avril Lavigne for $8.5 million in 2012.[84]

Paul is a Christian and attends church every Sunday whenever possible.[85] In one interview, Paul commented, "I am so thankful that my parents raised me and C.J. to depend on God's guidance and our faith in Him (Jesus), and to always be thankful for what we receive."[86] He enjoys bowling and owns a franchise in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) League.[87] He has participated in numerous celebrity and youth bowling events as the head of the CP3 Foundation, which benefits programs in Louisiana affected by Hurricane Katrina, as well as charities in Winston-Salem.[88][89][90]

Paul answers questions at a youth basketball camp in July 2009.

Paul's brother C.J. played college basketball at Hampton University and University of South Carolina Upstate. In 2004, they played against each other when Wake Forest had a preseason exhibition with USC-Upstate.[91] C.J. now works as Chris's personal manager.[92] Paul is close friends with footballer Reggie Bush; the two lived in the One River Place complex in the New Orleans Central Business District while Bush was a Saint.[93] They also shared a personal chef.[94]

In 2014, Forbes ranked Paul as one of the highest-paid athletes in the world with $24.2 million in earnings including $5.5 million in endorsements.[95] Some of the companies he does business with are Nike and State Farm.[96] He was the cover athlete for the video game NBA 2K8.[97]

Paul was selected president of the National Basketball Players Association on August 21, 2013 after having served on the executive committee for four years.[98] He was a key figure in the banning of Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the NBA following racist remarks Sterling made in 2014; in one interview, Paul mentioned a possible boycott if Sterling continued to own the team.[99] Paul played a significant role in the election of Michele Roberts as the Executive Director of the Players Association, giving a strong recommendation to the executive committee responsible for filling the position.[100]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Led the league
Correct as of July 27, 2014.[21]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 New Orleans 78 78 36.0 .430 .282 .847 5.1 7.8 2.2 .1 16.1
2006–07 New Orleans 64 64 36.8 .437 .350 .818 4.4 8.9 1.8 .0 17.3
2007–08 New Orleans 80 80 37.6 .488 .369 .851 4.0 11.6 2.7 .1 21.1
2008–09 New Orleans 78 78 38.5 .503 .364 .868 5.5 11.0 2.8 .1 22.8
2009–10 New Orleans 45 45 38.0 .493 .409 .847 4.2 10.7 2.1 .2 18.7
2010–11 New Orleans 80 80 36.0 .463 .388 .878 4.1 9.8 2.4 .1 15.8
2011–12 L.A. Clippers 60 60 36.4 .478 .371 .861 3.6 9.1 2.5 .1 19.8
2012–13 L.A. Clippers 70 70 33.4 .481 .328 .885 3.7 9.7 2.4 .1 16.9
2013–14 L.A. Clippers 62 62 35.0 .467 .368 .855 4.3 10.7 2.5 .1 19.1
Career 617 617 36.4 .472 .357 .857 4.4 9.9 2.4 .1 18.6
All-Star 6 4 27.8 .508 .458 .857 3.8 12.5 3.3 .0 13.2

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008 New Orleans 12 12 40.5 .502 .238 .785 4.9 11.3 2.3 .2 24.1
2009 New Orleans 5 5 40.2 .411 .313 .857 4.4 10.4 1.6 .0 16.6
2011 New Orleans 6 6 41.5 .545 .474 .796 6.7 11.5 1.8 .0 22.0
2012 L.A. Clippers 11 11 38.5 .427 .333 .872 5.1 7.9 2.7 .1 17.6
2013 L.A. Clippers 6 6 37.3 .533 .316 .892 4.0 6.3 1.8 .0 22.8
2014 L.A. Clippers 13 13 36.3 .467 .457 .774 4.2 10.4 2.8 .0 19.8
Career 53 53 38.8 .478 .380 .818 4.8 9.7 2.4 .1 20.6

Awards and honors[edit]

Paul runs the offense at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

Paul has won numerous awards and set many records during his career. The following are some of his achievements:

NBA[edit]

Cited from Basketball Reference's Chris Paul page unless noted otherwise.[21]

College[edit]

Cited from Wake Forest's Chris Paul page unless noted otherwise.[9]

United States National Team[edit]

Cited from USA Basketball's Chris Paul page unless noted otherwise.[74]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Some sources say Paul was born in Lewisville, North Carolina,[1] while others say he was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.[2]
  2. ^ During the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons, the team was known as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets during their temporary relocation to Oklahoma City due to Hurricane Katrina.

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