Christopher Emmanuel Paul is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. He has two Olympic gold medals, and led the NBA in assists four times and steals a record six times. Paul has been selected to ten NBA All-Star teams, nine All-NBA teams, and nineNBA All-Defensive teams. He is one of the highest-paid athletes in the world, and holds endorsement deals with companies such as Air Jordan and State Farm.
About Chris Paul in brief
Christopher Emmanuel Paul is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. He 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. Paul was selected fourth overall in the 2005 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets. He has been selected to ten NBA All-Star teams, nine All-NBA teams, and nineNBA All-Defensive teams. Paul has two Olympic gold medals, and led the NBA in assists four times and steals a record six times. He is one of the highest-paid athletes in the world, and holds endorsement deals with companies such as Air Jordan and State Farm. Off the court, Paul has served as the National basketball Players Association president since August 2013. Paul’s family gave him the nickname ‘CP3’ because he, his father, and his older brother all share the same initials. He also has an older brother named Charles ‘C. J.’ Paul. Paul is a member of the Charlotte Hornets, the New York Knicks, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Houston Rockets, and the Oklahoma City Thunder. He played for the University of North Carolina at Winston-Salem before going on to play in the NBA and the NBA D-League. His father, Charles Paul, is a former athlete himself, and taught his sons basketball and football and coached them in various youth leagues throughout their childhoods. The Paul brothers spent their summers working at a service station owned by their grandfather, Nathanial Jones; Paul attributes many life lessons to his grandfather and describes him as his \”best friend\”.
Paul’s grandfather was slain earlier in the year and Paul honored him by scoring one point for each year of his life. During his senior season, Paul received national attention for scoring 61 points in a game; his 61-year-old grandfather had been killed earlier that year. Paul played for West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, North Carolina. For his junior year, he averaged 25 points, 5. 3 assists, and 4. 4 steals per game, helping his school reach the state semifinals. As a freshman at Wake Forest, Paul set school freshman records for three-point percentage, free throws, free throw percentage, assists and steals in the process. 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. Paul eventually named Consensus First Team All-America, and a 3-team Parade All-Americans, and North Carolina’s Mr. Basketball by The Charlotte Observer. He finished second in NBA Most Valuable Player Award voting in 2008. In 2009, he was named ACC Rookie of the Year and Third Team All -ACC. In 2010, he helped Wake Forest qualify for the NCAA Tournament, losing in the Sweet Sixteen to St. Joseph’s. In 2011, Paul was traded to the LA Lakers, only for the transaction to be controversially voided by the NBA. He played one more season there before being traded for Russell Westbrook.