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Chris Paul
Paul with the Los Angeles Clippers in 2016
No. 3 – Phoenix Suns
Point guard
Personal information
Born May 6, 1985 (1985-05-06) (age 36)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Nationality American
High school West Forsyth
(Clemmons, North Carolina)
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
College Wake Forest (2003–2005)
NBA Draft 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the New Orleans Hornets
Pro career 2005–present
League NBA
Career history
2005–2011 New Orleans Hornets
2011–2017 Los Angeles Clippers
2017–2019 Houston Rockets
2019–2020 Oklahoma City Thunder
2020–present Phoenix Suns
Career highlights and awards
  • 11× NBA All-Star (2008–2016, 2020, 2021)
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP (2013)
  • 4× All-NBA First Team (2008, 2012–2014)
  • 5× All-NBA Second Team (2009, 2015, 2016, 2020, 2021)
  • All-NBA Third Team (2011)
  • 7× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2009, 2012–2017)
  • 2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2008, 2011)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (2006)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2006)
  • 4× NBA assists leader (2008, 2009, 2014, 2015)
  • 6× NBA steals leader (2008, 2009, 2011–2014)
  • Consensus first-team All-American (2005)
  • First-team All-ACC (2005)
  • Third-team All-ACC (2004)
  • ACC Rookie of the Year (2004)
  • No. 3 retired by Wake Forest Demon Deacons
  • USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (2004)
  • First-team Parade All-American (2003)
  • McDonald's All-American (2003)
  • North Carolina Mr. Basketball (2003)

Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985), nicknamed "CP3", is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Playing the point guard position, he 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 eleven NBA All-Star teams, ten All-NBA teams, and nine NBA All-Defensive teams.

Paul was a McDonald's All-American in high school before attending 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, where he developed into one of the league's premier players, finishing second in NBA Most Valuable Player Award voting in 2008. During the 2011 off-season, the Hornets organized a deal to send Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, but the transaction was controversially voided by the NBA (who was acting as the owner of the Hornets). He was instead dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers later that year. Led by Paul's playmaking, the Clippers developed a reputation for their fast-paced offense and spectacular alley-oop dunks, earning them the nickname "Lob City." In 2017, he was traded to the Houston Rockets and helped the team win a franchise-record 65 games in his debut season there. He played one more season in Houston before being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of a package for Russell Westbrook in 2019. Paul's only season in Oklahoma City earned him his 10th All-Star appearance. With the Thunder looking to rebuild, he was traded to the Phoenix Suns in 2020. The next year, he clinched a spot in the NBA Finals for the first time in his career.

Paul has served as the president of the National Basketball Players Association since August 2013. Among the highest-paid athletes in the world, he holds endorsement deals with companies such as Air Jordan and State Farm.

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