Chris Paul popularly known by his nickname ‘CP3’ is an American Basketball Player. As a player of great wit, exceptional play and incredible style, he is unarguably one of NBA’s top-ranking stars who continues to make groundbreaking achievements and accomplishments. While we highlight some of the great moments in the career of this great sport icon, we also trail his rise to stardom from his early life to this present day in our special Chris Paul biography facts, childhood and personal life.

Highlights include his NBA/Basketball career, achievements and awards, famous quotes plus other on-screen and off-screen facts about his life.

Chris Paul Biography Facts

Full Name Christopher Emmanuel Paul
Nickname CP3
Birthday May 6, 1985 (age 33)
Place of Birth Winston-Salem, North Carolina United States of America
Nationality American
Height 6 feet
Shoe Size 12.5
Weight 175 Ibs (79 kg)
Education West Forsyth High School, Wake Forest University
Parents Charles Paul (father), Robin Paul (mother)
Spouse Jada Crawley
Children Christopher Emmanuel Paul Jr, Camryn Alexis Paul
Net Worth $100 million
Occupation Basketball Player
Playing Career 2005–present
Zodiac Sign Taurus

Chris Paul Childhood and Early Life

Chris Paul childhood photo
Chris Paul childhood photo. Photo Credit: nba.com

Christopher Emmanuel Paul was born on May 6, 1985 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina United States, to his father, Charles Edward Paul and mother, Robin Jones. CP3 as Paul is often called hails from a humble background. His love for basketball probably stem from his childhood when his father Charles, taught both Paul and his brother also named Charles “C.J.” Paul basketball and football. His father also coached them in various youth leagues.

While studying in West Forsyth High school, Paul played in the junior varsity team. In his junior year he was instrumental in helping West Forsyth becoming state semi-finalist. During the summer he played for Winston-Salem based Kappa Magic, he led the team to the National U-17 AAU title.

Chris Paul playing for the West Forsyth High school
Chris Paul playing for the West Forsyth High school. During his senior year at West Forsyth, he was a Parade and was named McDonald’s All-American in 2003. Photo Credit: Winston-Salem Journal

Paul was also named the tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP). While in his senior year he received national attention after he scored 61 points in a match, Paul honoured his slain 61-year-old grandfather by scoring one point for each year he lived. At the end of the season he led the West Forsyth to the Class 4A Eastern Regional Finals, he was thus named a McDonald’s All-American, first-team Parade All-American, and North Carolina’s Mr. Basketball by the Charlotte Observer.

Chris Paul Basketball Career

College Career

Chris Paul in action for Wake Forest University
Chris Paul in action for Wake Forest University. Paul made a decision to attend Wake Forest, where he led the Demon Deacons to make appearances in two NCAA Tournaments.

Paul set a school freshman record as a freshman in Wake Forest University for three-point percentage, free throws, free throw percentage, assists and steals. He helped the West Forest University team qualify for the NCAA tournament and was named ACC Rookie of the Year and Third Team All-ACC. In his Sophomore Season Wake Forest was ranked number one for the first time in the school history. In the final game of the season, Paul punched NC state guard Julius Hodge in the groin which resulted in a one-game suspension for the ACC Tournament. Paul’s reputation was temporarily damaged by this incident. The Demon Deacon qualified for the NCAA tournament but lost in the second round to West Virginia Mountaineers. Paul was named First Team Consensus All-America as a result of his outstanding performance. He was also named to the ESPN’s Academic All-America Team with a Grade Point Average of 3.21. On April 15, 2005 Paul announced his decision to go professional. His jersey was retired by the Demon Deacon on March 2, 2011.

Professional Career

New Orleans Hornets (2005–2011)

Early seasons (2005–2007)

Paul was the fourth overall pick by the New Orleans Hornets in the 2005 NBA draft. The hornets played most of their games in Oklahoma City that season as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Paul led all rookies in points, assists, steals and double-double thus becoming the second rookie in NBA rookie to lead the league in total steals. He was named NBA Rookie of the Year. He set a new Rookie Challenge record at the 2007 All-Star Weekend with 17 assists and 9 steals. In his sophomore season he increased his scoring but played 64 games in the season as a result of injury.

Rise to Stardom (2007–2011)

In the 2007-2008 season Paul was selected to his first NBA All-Star Game, playing in fronting of home fans in New Orleans. The Hornets were close to the top of the Western Conference throughout the season occupying first place on March 17 after defeating the Chicago Bulls, behind Paul’s leadership. Paul led the NBA with 21.1 points, 11.6 assists and 2.7 steals per game. He finished second in the NBA Most Valuable Player Award voting and earned his first place in the first All-NBA and All-Defensive teams. Paul signed a contract extension of $68 million with the Hornets before the start of the 2008-2009 season. He set a NBA record off consecutive games with a steal at 106 on December 17, 2008. After a slow start in the 2009-2010 season coach Bryon Scott was fired, CP3 caused controversy by declaring his displeasure with the move, he commented that the team management should have consulted with him and asked how he felt about the move. Paul tore a cartilage in February of 2010 and was sidelined as a result of surgery. He missed the All-Star game as a result. The Hornets struggled and missed the playoff without Paul. In the 2010-2011 season, Paul suffered an injury scare after colliding with Cleveland Cavaliers guard Ramos Sessions where he suffered a concussion and was carried off the court in a stretcher. He returned to action two games later in a match against the Sacramento Kings. The hornets qualified for the playoff with Paul playing a full season. The Hornets management fearing that Paul could leave, began pursuing a trade that could compensate the team in return for his services.

Chris Paul while playing for the New Orleans Hornets
Chris Paul while playing for the New Orleans Hornets. Photo via Keith Allison, March 11, 2009

Los Angeles Clippers (2011–2017)

The Hornets agreed to a three-team trade on December 8, 2011 which will see Paul sent off to the Los Angeles Lakers. The NBA then owners of the team cancelled the deal. The teams involved in the trade persuaded the league to reverse its ruling and reconstruct the deal, but this was a dead end. On December 12, the Hornets agreed to a deal which will see Paul sent off to the Los Angeles Clippers, as a result of additional demands to the original terms by the NBA the deal broke down. Two days later, the teams met the terms of the deal, sending Paul and two future second round draft off to the Los Angeles Clippers in exchange for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman, Al-Farouq Aminu, and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ unprotected first round pick in the 2012 draft. After the finalisation of the deal, Paul declared that he would opt into the final year of his contract and remain in the Los Angeles for at least two more sessions.

Playoff Contention (2011–2017)

With the addition of Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers, the team earned a reputation for its fast paced offense and spectacular alley-oop dunks. At the end of the season he became the first Clipper to be named to the All-NBA First Team since moving to Los Angeles in the 1980s. The Los Angeles Clippers qualified for the playoff behind his play. Paul led the West to victory with 20-point and 15 assists at the 2013 All-Star Game, earning him the NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award. Before the start of the 2013–2014 season, Paul re-signed with the Clippers for a five-year deal worth about $107 million. The LA Clipper set a franchise record of 57 wins despite Paul’s shoulder injury which saw him sidelined for over a month. In the 2014–2015 season, Paul played in all 82 games for the first time in his career reaching an average of 19.1 points, and a league peak of 10.2 assists per game. He led the Clippers on a ten-game winning streak in January of the 2015–2016 season, and for the third consecutive year he finished the season with averages of over 19 points, 10 assists, and 2 steals per game. He missed 21 regular season games as a result of injury in the 2016–2017. At the end of the season he was not rewarded with All-NBA honour, thus marking the second time he failed to make the All-NBA team since 2008 and the first time in his six years as a Clipper.

Chris Paul playing with the Los Angeles Clippers
Chris Paul, the All-Star point guard playing with the Los Angeles Clippers. Photo via scpr.org

Houston Rockets (2017–Present)

Paul was sent off to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Patrick Beverly, Sam Dekker, Montrezi Harell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Lou Williams, Kyle Wiltjer, a future first round pick, and cash considerations. In his debut game for the Rockets, it was realised he was playing through a knee injury. As a result, missed the next 14 games. Paul became the first player in NBA history to post 28 points, eight assists, and seven steals in a game against the San Antonio Spurs. In the last 10 years, that stat line has been achieved 10 time of which six was recorded by Paul. He was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from Monday, December 11, through Sunday, December 17. That was his 13th career Player of the Week honour since his first in January 2016. On July 8, 2018, Paul signed a four-year $160 million maximum contract extension with the Houston Rockets.

Chris Paul graces the court with the Houston Rockets
Chris Paul graces the court with the Houston Rockets. He was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from Monday, December 11, through Sunday, December 17 (Week 9)

National Team Career

Paul debuted for the United States national team at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan. He helped the team clinch the bronze medal with a tournament peak of 44 assists. Paul played a notable role off the bench at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, scoring 13 points in a victory against Spain where the US won the gold medal. He was promoted to the starting point guard at the London 2012 Olympics where the US national were undefeated and bagged the gold medal.

Chris Paul scores in the US triumph over Spain at the London 2012 Olympics
Chris Paul scores in the US triumph over Spain at the London 2012 Olympics

Chris Paul Personal Life

Paul and his college sweetheart Jada Crawley got married on on September 10, 2011, they both have two children, Christopher Emmanuel Paul Jr (Born May 23, 2009) and Camryn Alexis Paul (born August 16, 2012). Paul is a Christian and attend church on Sundays. He loves bowling and owns a franchise in the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) League named L.A.X. He has participated in celebrity and youth bowling event. He is the head of the CP3 Foundation. Paul owns a minority stake in the Winston-Salem Dash, a minor league basketball team located in his home area. Paul is a close associate of footballer Reggie Bush. Paul was selected president of the National Basketball Association Player on August 21, 2013.

Chris Paul Achievements and Awards

  1. NBA All-Star (2008–2016)
  2. NBA All-Star Game MVP (2013)
  3. All-NBA First Team (2008, 2012–2014)
  4. All-NBA Second Team (2009, 2015, 2016)
  5. All-NBA Third Team (2011)
  6. NBA All-Defensive First Team (2009, 2012–2017)
  7. NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2008, 2011)
  8. NBA Rookie of the Year (2006)
  9. NBA All-Rookie First Team (2006)
  10. NBA assists leader (2008, 2009, 2014, 2015)
  11. NBA steals leader (2008, 2009, 2011–2014)
  12. Consensus first-team All-American (2005)
  13. First-team All-ACC (2005)
  14. ACC Rookie of the Year (2004)
  15. No. 3 retired by Wake Forest
  16. USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year (2004)
  17. North Carolina Mr. Basketball (2003)

Chris Paul Quotes

I try to penetrate the lane like Steve Nash, pass like Jason Kidd, and handle the ball like Allen Iverson, Remember, I said ‘try to’.

Family was real important in putting me on my path. I’m so blessed to come from a home with a mother and father.

I always have said that the most valuable thing that I have isn’t money, it’s my time.

No matter where you put me, I don’t care if it is North Carolina, Florida, California, New York City. I’m going to be who I am.

You get a chance to live your dream once, and I’m living mine right now.

Keep practicing. Never let someone tell you you’re too small or too slow.

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