He is an professional basketball player from America for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, has also starred as the point guard for the New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers, and Houston Rockets.
“Many times I think about where I come from, and who I am playing for. During the game, you have your name stitched on the back, your last name. And it not only represents you, but your classmates, your family, your friends, do you understand me? And I also think of all those people who told me when I was a kid that I couldn’t do this.”
- Born: 05/06/1985 in Winston-Salem (North Carolina)
- Full Name: Christopher Emmanuel Paul
- Nationality: United States
- From: Wake Forest
- Draft: 2005 / 4th
Chris Paul Biography
He is one os the most popular athletes in America.
He was born on May 6, 1985 in North Carolina . During his childhood he worked at a gas station that his grandfather had, helping him with the work.
At this age, the sport that most attracted his attention was American football. When he started playing basketball he stood out for his charisma and quickness. He was part of the high school basketball team.
He was part of the West Forsyth High School basketball team, which he led to a 26-4 record and to the semifinals of the 4-A State Championship. For his performance, he was awarded the Player of the Year award at Central Piedmont.
In 2003 he was chosen to compete in the McDonald’s All-American where he distributed 10 assists and took the sportsmanship award.
He studied at Wake Forest University from 2003 to 2005 . During these years, due to his career and his outstanding work within the team, he was elected Freshman of the Year in the Atlantic Coast Conference and Best Player by the Associated Press. He was also named to the ACC’s Best Defensive Team.
The deepest instinct does not understand contexts. He comes punctually, neither early nor late, when he is invoked.
This is the only way to understand that while he was playing in the basement of the family home, on a makeshift field that his father had created with adhesive tape on the floor and was crowned by two toy baskets, little Chris caught fire against his own brother of him. Not even the genes would prevent it.
It happened in North Carolina, in the late eighties. Three-year-old he played with five-year-old Charles in the cramped rectangle that served as a game room. Everything was going normally until Charles, larger, made a mate that made the smaller fell on his back. Almost humiliated.
He would last on the ground for an eyeblink. His small eyes, bloodshot, made that tiny body get up at full speed and chase his brother to, once at his height, punch him in the face that caught the firstborn off guard. He wouldn’t stay there.
The first shoe for him, CP3, officially premiered at the all star, despite the fact that a few days before hehad decided to test them on the court.
Curious details can already be seen in the official photos, such as the triangle on the ankle that recalls one of CP’s hobbies, bowling, or the 61 that has marked his career.
His grandfather, as we have already said, died at the age of 61, before a high school game.
Chris Paul Career
After announcing his intention to turn professional, he was selected with the fourth overall pick by the New Orleans Hornets in the 2005 NBA draft (after Utah’s Andrew Bogut, UNC’s Marvin Williams, and Illinois’ Deron Williams).
When the devastating Hurricane Katrina hit the New Orleans Gulf Coast area, the team moved to Oklahoma City to practice and play.
During his first year in the pros, the Hornets won 38 games and he was named the top rookie in the Western Conference for each month of the season. He later went on to be named NBA Rookie of the Year.
During the 2007-08 season, when the Hornets returned to play full-time in New Orleans, he’s on-court and leadership skills increased, earning him a long-awaited berth in the NBA All-Star Game.
Pablo’s consistent high level of play and chemistry with his teammates catapulted the Hornets to a playoff spot, the team’s first since the 2003-04 season. (They were eventually eliminated by the champion San Antonio Spurs.)
Before the start of the 2011–12 season, the Hornets arranged a three-way trade deal with the Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets to send Paul to the West Coast; however, the lopsided trade was quickly overturned by NBA commissioner David Stern, as the league owned the Hornets franchise at the time. A few days later, an approved trade sent Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers.
The addition of the All-NBA point guard immediately raised expectations for the Clippers, accustomed to playing second fiddle in Los Angeles to the famed Lakers organization.
Teaming with forward Blake Griffin, he led the Clips to the fifth-best record in the Western Conference, before San Antonio swept them in the playoffs.
The Clippers won at least 56 games in each of the next three seasons, with Paul leading the league in assists for the last two. But despite his best efforts, the team failed to advance beyond the conference semifinals in the playoffs.
While remaining among the elite players in the game, he began to show signs of wear and tear as he entered his 30s, losing a combined 29 games from 2015-17.
He was involved in the second major trade of his NBA career when the Clippers sent him to the Houston Rockets in June 2017.
Once again, the transaction raised expectations at Paul’s new home. Now paired with scoring machine James Harden, he led the Rockets to an NBA-best 65 wins in 2017-18. He even reached the Western Conference finals for the first time in his career, before the Rockets fell to the Golden State Warriors in seven games..
The following year, he suffered a hamstring injury that contributed to the team’s early season struggles. Although the Rockets seemed to have a push towards the playoffs, their season ended with a loss to the Warriors yet again.
He moved again in July 2019 after the Rockets agreed to send the veteran point guard and several draft picks to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Russell Westbrook.
Chris Paul Awards
- Chosen NBA Rookie of the Year, 2006.
- Chosen for the NBA Rookies Ideal Team, 2006.
- Chosen 2 times for the NBA Ideal Team, 2008, 2012 .
- Once chosen for the All-NBA Second Team, 2009 .
- Once chosen for the NBA Ideal Third Team, 2011.
- Chosen 2 times for the NBA All-Defensive Team, 2009, 2012.
- Chosen 2 times for the NBA All-Defensive Second Team, 2008 , 2011.
- Elected 2 times Top Assistant of the NBA Season, 2008, 2009.
- Chosen 4 times Maximum Recovery of the NBA Season, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
- Olympic Champion at the 2008 Beijing Olympics .
- Olympic Champion at the 2012 London Olympics.
Chris Paul Net Worth
As one of the highest paid athletes in the world, he earns a salary of $24.27 million per year and his net worth is written at $100 million.
He has amassed his wealth from his prosperous career as an NBA star along with his endorsement deals with big name brands like Nike.
Chris Paul Private Life
His older brother, who is popularly known as CJ, is a former basketball player. He played college basketball at the University of North Carolina and at Hampton University before choosing to work as a personal manager for his younger brother.
The NBA star is a happily married man. He is married to his college girlfriend, Jada Crawley.
The couple solemnized their union in September 2011, but before that, they had welcomed a son named Christopher Emmanuel Paul II in May 2009. A year after their wedding, Jada gave birth to their daughter, Camryn Alexis Paul, in August 2012.