Chris Paul was born May 6, 1985 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Paul is a professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns in the NBA.
Paul is a point guard who has won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, an NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award, two Olympic gold medals, and led the NBA in assists four times and steals a record six times.
He has also been selected to twelve NBA All-Star teams, ten All-NBA teams, and nine NBA All-Defensive teams.
In 2021, he was named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team.
Paul was a McDonald’s All-American in high school and 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 as the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets.
He developed into one of the league’s premier players, finishing second in NBA Most Valuable Player Award voting in 2008.
Paul served as the president of the National Basketball Players Association from August 2013 to August 2021.
Among the highest-paid athletes in the world, he holds endorsement deals with companies such as Air Jordan and State Farm.
Early Life and Career of Chris Paul
Born to Charles Edward Paul and Robin Jones, He grew up in Lewisville with his older brother, Charles “C.J.” Paul.
His family gave him the nickname “CP3” because he, his father, and his brother all share the same initials.
Paul attributes many life lessons to his grandfather and has described him as his “best friend”.
Paul attended West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, North Carolina.
During his freshman and sophomore seasons, he played on the junior varsity team.
For his junior year, he averaged 25 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.4 steals per game, helping West Forsyth reach the state semifinals.
During his senior season, Paul received national attention for scoring 61 points in a game; his 61-year-old grandfather was slain earlier that year and Paul honored him by scoring one point for each year of his life.
He attended Wake Forest University for college.
CP3 is very intelligent and, with a 3.21 grade point average (GPA), he was also named to ESPN’s Academic All-America Team.
Paul was selected as the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets.
Due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, the Hornets played most of their games in Oklahoma City during Paul’s first two seasons with the team.
He was named NBA Rookie of the Year, falling just one vote shy of winning the award unanimously.
His rise to stardom began in 2007 and 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.
Two days later, the teams finally completed the trade, sending Paul and two future second-round draft picks to the Clippers in return for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu, and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ unprotected first round pick in the 2012 draft.
After an adventurous run in LA with the Clippers he was traded to the Houston Rockets.
On July 8, Paul signed a four-year, $160 million maximum contract extension with the Rockets.
On October 20, shortly after the start of the 2018–19 season, he was involved in an on-court altercation with Rajon Rondo of the Lakers, which resulted in a two-game suspension and a fine.
On July 16, 2019, the Rockets traded Paul, two first-round draft picks, and two second-round pick swaps to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Russell Westbrook.
For the first time in years, Paul found himself on a young, rebuilding team without championship aspirations.
Despite speculation that the Thunder would try to move on from Paul immediately, he embraced his role as a veteran leader of the team, which earned him praise from coach Billy Donovan.
In his single season with OKC he led the team to 5th seed thereby making the playoffs.
He met his old team the Rockets in the subsequent playoff encounter, losing 4-3 in a 7 game thriller.
On November 16, 2020, the Thunder traded Paul and Abdel Nader to the Phoenix Suns for Kelly Oubre Jr., Ricky Rubio, Ty Jerome, Jalen Lecque, and a 2022 protected first round pick.
Height and age of Chris Paul
Chris Paul is 6 feet tall (1.83 m) and is 37 years old as of May 16, 2022
Jersey of Chris Paul
He has been wearing the number 3 jersey all his life and currently also for the Phoenix Suns.
Who is Chris Paul’s Wife?
Paul married his college sweetheart, Jada Crawley, on September 10, 2011.
Together they have two children, a son born in May 2009 and a daughter born in August 2012.
Chris Paul Contract
He has a 4-year deal with the Suns worth $120 million.
Net worth of Chris Paul
His net worth is $160 million