Chris Paul


Chris Paul
Chris Paul
No. 3   New Orleans Hornets
Point guard
Personal information
Date of birth May 6, 1985 (1985-05-06) (age 26)
Place of birth Lewisville, North Carolina[1]
Nationality American
High school West Forsyth High School
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
College Wake Forest
NBA Draft 2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4th overall
Selected by the New Orleans Hornets
Pro career 2005–present
Career history
Stats at NBA.com

Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball point guard for the New Orleans Hornets.

Paul was born and raised in North Carolina. Despite only playing two varsity basketball seasons in high school, he was a McDonald's All-American and accepted a scholarship with nearby Wake Forest University. After his sophomore year with the Demon Deacons, he declared for the draft. Since being selected 4th overall in the 2005 NBA Draft by New Orleans, Paul has been a NBA Rookie of the Year (2006), a four-time All-Star, and an multiple All-NBA and All-Defensive team honoree. He led the Hornets to the second round of the 2008 NBA Playoffs. He has also won an Olympic Gold Medal with the United States national basketball team.

Off the court, Paul is a notable ten-pin bowler and a sponsored spokesperson for the United States Bowling Congress (USBC). He has participated in numerous celebrity and youth bowling events as the head of the CP3 Foundation to benefit programs in Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, and charities in Winston-Salem.


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Early years

Chris Paul was born in Lewisville, North Carolina in 1985 as the second son of Charles Edward Paul and Robin Jones, two years after Charles "C.J." Paul in 1983.[2] Charles and Robinson were childhood friends who grew up in Winston-Salem and were members of Dreamland Park Baptist before marrying in 1982.[2][3] A former athlete himself, Charles taught his sons the games of basketball and football and coached them in various youth events throughout their childhood.[2] Paul was a gifted athlete, going to the national Pop Warner football championships as a quarterback and linebacker on the Lewisville Titans Junior Pee Wee team,[4][5] and winning several 14U AAU national tournaments in basketball.[5]

Besides athletics, the Paul brothers spent their summers operating the cash register, rotating tires and changing air filters at Jones Chevron, a service station owned by their grandfather Nathanial Jones on their mother Robin's side. Affectionately known as "Papa Chili" throughout the community, Jones had operated the station, Jones had operated the first such African-American-operated service station in North Carolina since 1964 during the height of the Civil Rights Movement.[6][7] Paul describes his grandfather as "his best friend" and credits many life lessons to him.[8]

High school

In 1999, Paul begun attending West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, North Carolina, where C.J. was already a star junior at point guard. Despite Paul's talent, he was at a significant disadvantage due to his 5 ft 0 in (1.52 m) stature. Paul opted to play on the JV basketball team his freshman and sophomore years, believing that the opportunity to gain confidence and experience on the JV would be more beneficial than sitting on the bench on varsity.[9] Meanwhile, Paul grew to 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m) by his sophomore year.[5]

By the time Paul had ascended to the varsity squad as a junior, C.J. had graduated. The Paul brothers only ended up playing on the court for 15 seconds together at the end of a playoff game in Paul's sophomore year and C.J.'s senior year in 2001. Paul, who spurted another eight inches to 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m), posted 25.0 points, 5.3 assists and 4.4 steals per game to help West Forsyth (26–4) reach the state semifinals.[10] Over the next summer, Paul emerged as a heavily recruited point guard. With his family watching, Paul signed his letter of intent to Wake Forest University to play for coach Skip Prosser before his senior year. Only 13 miles away from where he grew up in Lewisville, Paul had already verbally committed to them during his junior year and attended many Demon Deacons practices and games.

However, only a day later, the corpse of Nathanial Jones was discovered by Paul's father. Jones died after being beaten and robbed by a group of teens as he unloaded groceries from his car in his driveway. Five teenagers tied Jones’ hands behind his back, taped his mouth, and beat him around the head and face. Jones, who had a history of heart trouble, lay in his carport and died from cardiac arrhythmia. He was 61. Over 2,000 people honored the memories of Jones at his funeral four days later. The next day, fueled by the suggestion of an aunt, an emotionally devastated Paul scored 61 points in honor of his grandfather, one point for every year his grandfather lived, in West Forsyth's 2002–03 season opener.

Despite Paul's previous career high being 39 points, by halftime, he had racked up 32 points in 16 minutes. When Paul reached the 61-point mark late in the 4th quarter, he purposely airballed a free throw, then took himself out of the game to hug his family on the sidelines, even though the state high school scoring record of 66 points was well within reach.[11] In 2011,

Paul averaged 30.8 points, 9.5 assists, 5.9 rebounds, and 6.0 steals per game the reminder of his senior year and led his team to a 27–3 record and the Class 4A Eastern Regional finals. He was a 2003 McDonald's All-American and Jordan Brand Classic participant and was named North Carolina's Mr. Basketball for 2003 by The Charlotte Observer. [10]

Summer circuit

Though he did not win a state championship while in high school, Paul did take the Winston-Salem-based Kappa Magic (alongside future University of North Carolina rival Reyshawn Terry), to the 2002 National U-17 AAU Championship over an All-Ohio team led by 2003 McDonald's All-American Drew Lavender, taking home the tournament's MVP award in the process.[10]

College career

Paul attended Wake Forest University and played for the Demon Deacons for two seasons, leading the school to two NCAA Tournaments, and one Sweet Sixteen appearance. In Paul's freshman year, he started and made a immediate impact. He was named the ACC Rookie of the Year, Third Team All-ACC, an All-American Honorable Mention, and National Freshman of the Year by several publications as averaged 14.8 points and 5.9 assists a game and helped the Demon Deacons reach the Sweet Sixteen of the 2004 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament before losing to St. Joseph's. Paul also broke five Wake Forest freshman records, three-point percentage, free throws, free throw percentage, assists and steals.[10]

Paul also earned ACC All-Defensive Team honors during his time at Wake and was among the Consensus First Team All-Americans in his sophomore year. He was also a named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Team with a 3.21 Grade point average as a third-term selection.[12] By the time he declared for the 2005 NBA Draft as a sophomore, he had finished near the top of almost every offensive category at Wake Forest.

After his sophomore year, Paul declared for the 2005 NBA Draft. The Demon Deacons went 48–16 (.750) in games Chris Paul played in. Paul was ranked second among Wake Forest's all-time career leaders for 3-point shooting percentage (.469), and 7th in assists and steals.

NBA career

2005–2006: Rookie stardom

Paul was selected fourth overall by the New Orleans Hornets in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft. Due to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina that summer to the city of New Orleans, Paul did not play his first full season in New Orleans. Instead, the team played in various arenas and relocated to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The Hornets only played three games in New Orleans Arena.

Paul led all rookies in points, assists, steals, and minutes, earning him the 2006 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. Paul was a near-unanimous winner for the award, but one voter (Ron Boone, television analyst for the Utah Jazz) gave Deron Williams his vote instead of Paul. This, along with the fact that both were taken back to back in the draft and play the same position, has led to an on-court rivalry between Paul and Williams.[13] Their rivalry began on December 1, 2004 when Paul led his No. 1-ranked Wake Forest into Champaign to face Williams' Illini. Illinois thrashed the Demon Deacons 91–73 and took the top spot from there into their run to the 2005 NCAA Championship Game. Williams had 8 points and 11 assists while Paul was held to 10 points.

Paul finished the 2005–06 season averaging 16.1 points, 7.8 assists, and 5.1 rebounds. He was also the only unanimous selection to the 2005–06 NBA All Rookie First Team and was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month every month in the 2005–06 season. After the season, Paul won the ESPY Award for Best Breakthrough Athlete. He recorded his first triple-double on April 2, 2006 against the Toronto Raptors with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists.

2006–07 season

Still playing in Oklahoma City, Paul followed up his impressive rookie campaign with a solid sophomore season. He improved his scoring average to 17.3 points, and improved his assists average with 8.9 per game. He averaged 4.4 rebounds per game. Paul's season was riddled with injuries though, as he was limited to playing in only 64 games.

Paul was not named an All-Star in 2007, but he was named to replace Steve Nash in the 2007 PlayStation Skills Challenge during All-Star Weekend. He played in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge and dished out 17 assists and had 9 steals, both T-Mobile Rookie Challenge records. When interviewed during the Rookie Challenge, Paul vowed that he would be an All-Star next season, as the All-Star Game would be held in New Orleans.

2007–08 season

Paul in a game against Boston

The 2007–08 season brought the full return of the Hornets to the city of New Orleans. Emerging as a true superstar, Paul averaged 21.1 points and 4 rebounds,[14] and led the NBA in steals with 2.71 per game and assists with 11.6 per game.[15] He was selected by NBA coaches to play in the 2008 NBA All-Star Game which was hosted by the city of New Orleans, thereby fulfilling his vow from the previous season. Paul's teammate David West was named as an All-Star reserve and Hornets coach Byron Scott coached the Western Conference All-Stars. During All-Star Weekend, Paul participated again in the 2008 All-Star PlayStation Skills Challenge winning the first round but losing in the final round to Deron Williams. Paul sparked a 4th quarter comeback for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game, but the East held on to win 134–128. He finished the game with 16 points, 14 assists and 5 steals.

Paul continued his stellar play following the All Star game, leading the New Orleans Hornets to one of the best records in the West. After a 37 point, 13 assist, and 3 steal performance by Paul against the Chicago Bulls on March 17, 2008, Paul led a 4th quarter comeback win,[16] the Hornets ascended to the top of the standings in the Western Conference. On April 4, 2008, Chris Paul helped the Hornets clinch a playoff spot for the first time since the 2003–04 season. The Hornets ultimately finished the season with a 56–26 record, the best record in team history, and finished #2 overall in the NBA Western Conference standings. Paul ended the season leading the NBA with 11.6 assists and 2.71 steals per game,[15] and registered a steal in all 80 games he played in.

In Paul's first NBA playoff game against the Dallas Mavericks, he scored 35 points, with 24 coming in the second half,[17] along with 10 assists and 4 steals.[18] In Game 2, he scored 32 points and set a franchise playoff-record 17 assists, leading the Hornets to a 127–103 victory to go 2–0 against Dallas.[19] After splitting Games 3 and 4 in Dallas, the Hornets eliminated the Mavericks, 4–1, in Game 5 for their first ever playoff series victory behind a 24 point, 11 rebound, and 15 assist performance from Paul.[20]

He finished second in MVP voting, behind Kobe Bryant, who beat him with a margin of 306 votes.[21] He was selected for the All-NBA First Team, 3 votes shy of a unanimous choice.

Paul has reportedly reached an agreement on a three-year extension with the Hornets with a player option with a fourth year, with a total value of $68 million.[22]

2008–09 season

Paul guarded by Javaris Crittenton in a March 2009 game.

For the second season in a row Paul finished the season as the league leader in assists and steals. He also scored a career best 22.8 points per game on a career best percentage of 50.3%. Paul participated in his second NBA All Star Game starting for the Western Conference All Stars. On December 17, 2008, against the San Antonio Spurs, Paul broke Alvin Robertson's 22-year-old NBA record by registering at least one steal in 106 consecutive games.[23] The new record reached 108 consecutive games before ending on Christmas Day against the Orlando Magic. On December 26, Paul collected 27 points, 10 rebounds, 15 assists and seven steals against the Philadelphia 76ers, becoming the only player in NBA history to reach those statistical numbers in an NBA game.

After the season, Paul was selected to the NBA All-Defensive Team first team, and the All-NBA second team. He was also fifth in the 2009 MVP voting, receiving two first place votes and a total of 192 points.[24]

2009–10 season

After a 3–6 start to the season, the New Orleans Hornets fired Scott on November 12 and replaced him with general manager Jeff Bower, who has been involved with the franchise since 1995.[25] Paul stirred controversy by announcing his displeasure with the move and thought the team management should have "consulted with me and asked how I felt before it happened", but clarified that he didn't expect to be asked to give approval.[26] The next day, Paul suffered a left ankle sprain against the Portland Trail Blazers that resulted in eight missed games as the Hornets went 4–4.[27] Once Paul returned on December 9, New Orleans won 18 of their next 28 games, including a six-game winning streak. He earned his third All-Star appearance as a reserve guard, finishing third with 1,055,789 votes behind Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash.[28] In early February, an MRI revealed a torn meniscus in Paul's left knee after it was tweaked in two consecutive games in late January.[29] On February 4, he underwent arthroscopic surgery performed by renowned sports physician James Andrew in Florida. Sidelined for nearly eight weeks, Paul, who was averaging 20.4 points and an NBA-best 11.2 assists, missed 25 Hornets games and the 2010 NBA All-Star Game, where his reserve spot was filled by Denver Nuggets point guard Chauncey Billups.[30] On March 22, Paul returned to action since January 29 against the Chicago Bulls, and was inserted in the starting lineup for the game against the Dallas Mavericks, moving Darren Collison out of the starting lineup, who started at point guard during Paul's absence.[31]

2010–11 season

The 2010–11 season was another All-Star selection season for Paul, making it his 4th consecutive. On March 6, 2011 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Paul collided with a Cavalier player and was motionless on the ground and had to be carried off by stretcher. He missed 2 straight games. In his return on March 12, 2011 against the Sacramento Kings, he scored a season high 33 points, and had 15 assists, 7 rebounds and 5 steals in the Hornets' 37th win of the season.


Off the court

Personal life

Paul has been married to Jada Crawley since September 2011. The two met and began dating in 2003 while attending Wake Forest together. They had their first child together, Christopher Emmanuel Paul II, on May 23, 2009.

Paul's brother, C.J. played basketball at Hampton University on a scholarship after graduating from West Forseth in 2001, before transferring to University of South Carolina Upstate (USC-Upstate) to finish out his career. In 2004, the Paul brothers played against each other in a college game as Wake Forest participated in a preseason exhibition with USC-Upstate.[32] C.J. now works as his brother's personal manager, on advice given by Miami Heat forward LeBron James, one of Paul's closest friends.[33]

Paul still grasps the laminated obituaries of his grandfather, who died in 2002, and grandmother, who died in 1993, and says a prayer during the national anthem before each game.

Chris Paul answering questions at a youth basketball camp.

Paul and former New Orleans Saints and current Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush are close friends and lived in the same complex in the Central Business District of New Orleans while Bush was a Saint. They also shared a personal chef.[34]

During the second season of ESPN's It's the Shoes, Paul revealed to Bobbito Garcia that the "CP3" nickname comes from family tradition. The combination of his initials and jersey number is strictly a coincidence. His father (Charles Paul) and older brother (C.J. Paul) are nicknamed CP1 and CP2, respectively. Paul also notes that all three men's initials are CEP."[35]

Whenever Chris scores during a Hornets home game the PA Announcer will simply say "CP3!" and then play a sound byte of legendary pro wrestler Ric Flair's famous "Wooooo!" quote. Flair, who is an avid Hornets fan and whose loyalty stuck with the team even after they relocated from Charlotte to New Orleans, attended every Hornets home game in their 2008 Western Conference Semi-Final Series against the San Antonio Spurs and introduced the starting lineups at a home game against the Golden State Warriors.[36]

In 2008, Paul appeared on the NPR news quiz show "Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!," where he went three-for-three in the "Not My Job" game.

Rupert Bell Rec, a domed court used by the Paul brothers during their childhood was featured in the 2007 videogame NBA Street Homecourt.[37]


On November 1, 2011, Chris appeared with his family on the game show Family Feud, hosted by Steve Harvey.[38]

Endorsements

Paul has national endorsement deals with PowerAde sports drinks, Right Guard deodorant and Nike's Team Jordan brand, where he has released several editions of his shoe "Air Jordan CP3.#". He also has several partner brands and organizations which includes Topps, Fox 8, Upper Deck, and Vitamin Water. The deals collectively earn him around $4 million annually according to Forbes.[39] In 2007, Paul was the cover athlete for the video game NBA 2K8.[40]

Paul has been represented by agents Jeff Austin and Leon Rose under the agencies LRMR Marketing and Creative Artists Agency since 2010. Paul had been affiliated with Octagon Worldwide.[41]

Salaries

Season Team Salary
2005–06 New Orleans/Oklahoma City $3,144,240
2006–07 New Orleans/Oklahoma City $3,380,160
2007–08 New Orleans $3,615,960
2008–09 New Orleans $4,574,189
2009–10 New Orleans $13,520,500
2010–11 New Orleans $14,940,153


Awards and honors


NBA records

Consecutive games with a steal: 108, 02007-04-13 April 13, 2007 to 02008-12-23 December 23, 2008

Fifth player in NBA history to lead the league in assists and steals in the same season

Only player in NBA history to lead the league in assists and steals in consecutive seasons (2007–082008–09)

Seasons leading the league in steals: 3 (2007–08, 2008–09, 2010–11)

2nd in NBA history

Consecutive seasons leading the league in steals: 2 (2007–082008–09)

Steals, half: 7, first half, vs. Dallas Mavericks, 02008-02-20 February 20, 2008

Most games with at least one steal, season: 80 (2007–08)

3rd in NBA history

Highest average, assists per game, career: 9.9 (4,228/425)

Steals, game: 9, vs. Dallas Mavericks, 02008-02-20 February 20, 2008

New Orleans Hornets records

Regular season

Free throws made, career: 1,971

Highest average, assists per game, career: 9.9 (4,228/425)

Assists, season: 925 (2007–08) (11.6 apg)

Assists, game: 21, at Los Angeles Lakers, 02007-11-06 November 6, 2007

Assists, half: 14, second half, at Los Angeles Lakers, 02007-11-06 November 6, 2007

Games with 10 or more assists, season: 59 (2007–08)

Point-assist double-doubles, career: 150

Point-assist double-doubles, season: 56 (2007–08)

Point-assist double-doubles: 8, twice
8, 02008-03-05 March 5, 2008 to 02008-03-19 March 19, 2008
8, 02008-03-25 March 25, 2008 to 02008-04-06 April 6, 2008

Triple-doubles, career: 11

Triple-doubles, season: 6 (2008–09)

Steals, season: 217, 2007–08 (2.7 spg)

Steals, game: 9, vs. Dallas Mavericks, 02008-02-20 February 20, 2008

Steals, half: 7, first half, vs. Dallas Mavericks, 02008-02-20 February 20, 2008

Rookie

Paul's rookie year was 2005–06.

Highest free throw percentage, season: .847 (394–465)

Free throws made, game: 14, at New York Knicks, 02006-01-21 January 21, 2006

Free throw attempts, game: 17, at New York Knicks, 02006-01-21 January 21, 2006

Assists, season: 611 (7.8 apg)

Assists, game: 16, vs. Golden State Warriors, 02006-04-05 April 5, 2006

Steals, season: 175 (2.2 spg)

Steals, game: 7, vs. Utah Jazz, 02006-02-22 February 22, 2006

Playoffs

Highest average, assists per game, career: 11.0 (187/17)

Assists, game: 17, vs. Dallas Mavericks, 02008-04-22 April 22, 2008

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Led the league

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 NO/Oklahoma City 78 78 36.0 .430 .282 .847 5.1 7.8 2.2 .1 16.1
2006–07 NO/Oklahoma City 64 64 36.8 .437 .350 .818 4.4 8.9 1.8 .1 17.3
2007–08 New Orleans 80 80 37.6 .488 .369 .851 4.0 11.6 2.7 .1 21.1
2008–09 New Orleans 78 78 38.5 .503 .364 .868 5.5 11.0 2.8 .1 22.8
2009–10 New Orleans 45 45 38.0 .493 .409 .847 4.2 10.7 2.4 .2 18.7
2010–11 New Orleans 80 80 36.0 .463 .388 .878 4.1 9.8 2.4 .1 15.8
Career 425 425 37.3 .471 .359 .853 4.6 9.9 2.4 .1 18.7
All-Star 3 2 28.3 .486 .400 1.000 4.7 11.7 4.0 .0 13.3

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008 New Orleans 12 12 40.5 .502 .238 .785 4.9 11.3 2.3 .2 24.1
2009 New Orleans 5 5 40.2 .411 .313 .857 4.4 10.4 1.6 .0 16.6
2011 New Orleans 6 6 41.5 .545 .474 .796 6.7 11.5 1.8 .0 22.0
Career 23 23 40.7 .493 .339 .799 5.3 11.1 2.0 .1 21.9

International

Medal record

CPaul playing at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Men’s basketball
Competitor for  United States
Summer Olympics
Gold 2008 Beijing National team
FIBA World Championship
Bronze 2006 Japan National team
FIBA World Championship
Bronze 2006 Japan National team
FIBA Americas U20 Championship
Gold 2004 Halifax National team

Paul made his debut internationally in 2004 for the USA World Championship For Young Men Qualifying Team that went 5-0 and captured the gold medal, qualifying the United States for the 2005 FIBA World Championship For Young Men. has earned 10 caps for various junior national teams. He made his debut for the senior United States national basketball team on August 4, 2006 in a friendly against Puerto Rico. Paul made the final cut and remained on the Team USA roster for the 2006 FIBA World Championship. Team USA finished with an 8–1 record and defeated 2004 Olympic gold medal winner Argentina for a third-place finish. Paul set a Team USA World Championship total assist record with 44 assists and a steals per game average of 4.9, to go along with only 9 turnovers.

He participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where the USA went unbeaten en route to the gold medal, defeating 2006 world champion Spain.[43] Playing as back up to starter Jason Kidd, Paul averaged 8.0 points on 50% shooting, a team-high 4.1 assists per game, 3.6 rebounds, and tied for second best on the team in steals averaging 2.25 a game as the "Redeem team" captured gold for the first time since the 2000 Olympics.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ JockBio: Chris Paul Biography
  2. ^ a b c John DeLong (July 20, 2008). "Home is still Lewisville, despite son's success". JournalNow. http://www2.journalnow.com/sports/2008/jul/20/home-is-still-lewisville-despite-sons-success-ar-105170/. Retrieved July 31, 2011. 
  3. ^ http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:36VKZi65EvUJ:forsythmags.com/backoffice/Web%2520Pdfs/FFwebPDFs/FF01-08web.pdf+chris+paul+%22jones+chevron%22&cd=15&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&source=www.google.com
  4. ^ ESPN Honors Chris Paul’s Life and Career
  5. ^ a b c Seth Davis (February 28, 2005). "The Rise Of Saint Paul". Sports Illustrated. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1104284/1/index.htm. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  6. ^ Paul lends city charitable hand
  7. ^ Making a Difference - Chris Paul
  8. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/news/story?id=6436820
  9. ^ Phil Murphy, Matt Remsberg (March 1, 2011). "Chris Paul knows what makes leaders". ESPN RISE. http://rise.espn.go.com/all-sports/articles/2011/03/01-All-Pro-Chris-Paul-mag.aspx. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  10. ^ a b c d Player Bio: Chris Paul
  11. ^ Clemmons, Anna Katherine (October 7, 2009). "No tall tales in CP3's children's book". ESPN. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?page=CP3Book-091007. Retrieved July 27, 2010. 
  12. ^ http://www.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/stories/030205acu.html
  13. ^ Bucher, Ric (2008-11-03). "HOW DO YOU KNOW ... WHO'S BETTER?". ESPN: The Magazine. http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/story?section=magazine&id=3659206. Retrieved 2008-10-26. 
  14. ^ Yahoo.com Chris Paul 2007–08 Game Log
  15. ^ a b NBA Stats: 2007–2008 Regular Season
  16. ^ Chicago vs. New Orleans – Recap – March 17, 2008, ESPN.com
  17. ^ Paul, Hornets climb back from deficit to take Game 1 from Mavs
  18. ^ Mavericks 10, Hornets 204 – boxscore
  19. ^ Paul dissects Mavs' D, dishes out 17 assists as Hornets go up 2–0
  20. ^ Paul, Hornets finish off Mavericks in five to move on to second round In the second round, they lost in 7 games to the San Antonio Spurs.
  21. ^ Kobe Bryant Wins Most Valuable Player Award
  22. ^ NBA News, Videos, Scores, Standings, Stats, Teams, Schedule – FOX Sports on MSN
  23. ^ Paul has steal in 106th straight game as Hornets win
  24. ^ "2009 MVP Voting Results". SportsIllustrated. 2009-05-04. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/basketball/nba/05/04/lebron.mvp.ap/index.html. Retrieved 2009-05-17. 
  25. ^ NBA.com Staff (2009-11-12). "Struggling Hornets fire Scott; Bower to take over". NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/2009/news/11/12/scott.fired/. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  26. ^ Reid, John (2009-11-12). "Chris Paul taken aback by New Orleans Hornets' firing of Byron Scott". The Times-Picayune. Advance Publications Inc.. http://www.nola.com/hornets/index.ssf/2009/11/chris_paul_taken_aback_by_new.html. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  27. ^ Smith, Jimmy (2009-12-04). "Chris Paul leads New Orleans Hornets to 98–89 win over Minnesota Timberwolves". The Times-Picayune. Advance Publications Inc.. http://www.nola.com/hornets/index.ssf/2009/12/chris_paul_leads_new_orleans_h.html. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  28. ^ Hornets Press Release (2010-01-28). "HORNETS: Chris Paul Named Western Conference All-Star Reserve". http://www.nba.com/hornets/news/chris_paul_named_western_confe_2010_01_28.html. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  29. ^ Associated Press (2010-02-01). "Hornets' star Paul out indefinitely with knee injury". Sports Illustrated (Time Inc.). http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/basketball/nba/02/01/paul.hornets.ap/index.html. Retrieved 2010-02-05. [dead link]
  30. ^ Spears, Mark J. (2010-03-03). "Billups to replace Paul in All-Star game". = Yahoo! Sports. http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news?slug=ys-billupsnuggets020310&prov=yhoo&type=lgns. Retrieved 2010-02-05. 
  31. ^ Stein, Marc (2010-03-22). "New Orleans Hornets' Chris Paul returns to lineup monday against Dallas Mavericks". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=5019516. Retrieved 2010-03-22. 
  32. ^ "Paul vs. Paul Thursday Night At Joel Coliseum". Wake Forest University Press Release. Nov. 3, 2004. http://wakeforestsports.cstv.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/110304aab.html. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  33. ^ Basket brothers: Cavaliers' LeBron James, Hornets' Chris Paul share a tight off-court bond Accessed 7/30/2011
  34. ^ Palmer, Chris (February 2008). "Debutante Baller". ESPN the Magazine. http://sports.espn.go.com/espnmag/story?id=3264267. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  35. ^ Chris Paul on Bobbito's It's the Shoes on YouTube
  36. ^ Eichenhofer, Jim (2008). "Ask Chris Paul: 2008 Offseason Part 1". NBA.com. http://www.nba.com/hornets/news/Ask_Chris_Paul_2008_Offseason-281025-31.html. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  37. ^ NBA Homecourt courts revealed
  38. ^ Chris Paul's family to compete on 'Family Feud'
  39. ^ Burke, Monte (2009–06–22). "Chris Paul Saves Basketball in New Orleans". Forbes. http://www.forbes.com/forbes/2009/0622/celebrity-09-nba-new-orleans-chris-paul-saves-basketball.html. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  40. ^ Geddes, Ryan (July 19, 2007). "Chris Paul Gets NBA 2K8 Cover". IGN.com. http://au.ps2.ign.com/articles/806/806421p1.html. Retrieved May 29, 2011. 
  41. ^ Paul, Octagon parting ways Accessed 07/31/2011
  42. ^ "#NBA player rankings". Blog article. ESPN. http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/7116865/nba-player-rankings-4. Retrieved 10/22/2011. 
  43. ^ US hoops back on top, beats Spain for gold medal

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
David Wesley
Captain of New Orleans Hornets
2007–present
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Awards
Preceded by
Dwyane Wade
ESPY Award
Best Breakthrough Athlete

2006
Succeeded by
Devin Hester

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