Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The point guard has won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, two Olympic gold medals, and led the NBA in assists four times and steals six times. He has also been selected to eight NBA All-Star teams, seven All-NBA teams, and seven 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 and traded to the Clippers in 2011.
In 2014-15, Paul played in all 82 games for the first time in his career, averaging 19.1 points and a league-high 10.2 assists per game. In Game 7 of the first round of the playoffs, he hit a go-ahead shot with a second left to lift the Clippers over the Spurs despite a hamstring injury. The injury forced him to miss the first two games of the next series versus the Houston Rockets, and Los Angeles eventually lost in seven games despite holding a 3–1 series lead. The defeat marked ten consecutive seasons and seven consecutive playoff appearances without a Conference Finals appearance.
Off the court, Paul has served as the National Basketball Players Association president since August 2013. One of the highest-paid athletes in the world, he holds endorsement deals with companies such as Nike and State Farm.
Career highlights and awards
8× NBA All-Star (2008–2015)
NBA All-Star Game MVP (2013)
4× All-NBA First Team (2008, 2012–2014)
2× All-NBA Second Team (2009, 2015)
All-NBA Third Team (2011)
5× NBA All-Defensive First Team (2009, 2012–2015)
2× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2008, 2011)
NBA Rookie of the Year (2006)
4× NBA assists leader (2008–2009, 2014–2015)
6× NBA steals leader (2008–2009, 2011–2014)
Consensus first-team All-American (2005)
No. 3 retired by Wake Forest
USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (2004)
North Carolina Mr. Basketball (2003)
Competitor for the United States
Gold medal – first place 2008 Beijing Team competition
Gold medal – first place 2012 London Team competition
FIBA World Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Japan Team competition