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Chris Paul

USA BASKETBALL NOTES:

  • Honors: Named 2005 USA Basketball Co-Male Athlete of the Year.
  • Gold Medals: 2012 Olympic Games, 2008 Olympic Games, 2004 World Championship For Young Men Qualifying Tournament (U20).
  • Silver Medal: 2002 USA Basketball Youth Development Festival.
  • Bronze Medal: 2006 FIBA World Championship.
  • Named a finalist for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team on Jan. 18, 2016.
  • Named a member of the 2014-16 USA Men’s National Team on Jan. 23, 2014.
  • Member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team that finished 8-0 and won the gold medal. Started in all eight games and averaged 8.3 ppg., and added 2.5 rpg., a team second best 5.1 apg., a team leading 2.5 spg., and shot 51.0 percent from the field and 46.4 percent (13-28) from 3-point.
  • Member of the 2012 USA National Team that finished pre-Olympic tour with a 5-0 record. Started in four of five games and averaged 4.6 ppg., and added 2.0 rpg., tied for the team-lead with 4.0 apg., a team-best 2.6 spg., and shot 44.4 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from 3-point.
  • Named a finalist for the 2012 USA Men’s Olympic Team on Jan. 16, 2012.
  • Named a member of the 2010-12 USA Men’s National Team on Feb. 10, 2010.
  • Member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team that finished 8-0 and won the gold medal.
  • Member of the 2008 USA Senior National Team that finished pre-Olympic tour with a 5-0 record.
  • Was unable to participate in the 2007 USA Senior National Team training camp after having surgery on his left foot.
  • Helped lead USA to an 8-1 record and bronze medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship in Japan.
  • Played in nine games and started six in the 2006 World Championship, averaged at the World Championship 7.0 ppg., 3.4 rpg., a team leading 4.9 apg., a team (tied) leading 1.9 spg., in 23.7 mpg.
  • Set a new U.S. record for assists in the World Championship with 44 assists and a 4.9 apg. average. His 17 steals ranks tied for sixth for steals in a World Championship.
  • Finished the 2006 FIBA World Championship ranked first in assists-to-turnovers ratio, third in assists and tied for ninth in steals.
  • Named on August 17 a member of the 2006 USA World Championship Team.
  • Helped lead the USA Senior National Team to a 5-0 record during its pre-World Championship tour averaging 6.2 ppg. and a team high 4.2 apg.
  • Named on March 5, 2006, to the 2006-2008 USA Basketball Men's Senior National Team.
  • Member of the 2004 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.
  • Started all four games (the contest versus Venezuela was won by forfeit) and averaged a USA fourth best 10.5 ppg. and passed off for a team high 31 assists.
  • Ranked first among all tournament participants for assists (7.75 apg.) and 3-point field goal percentage (.636), second for assist-to-turnover ratio (3.44), tied for 13th for steals (1.8 spg.) and ranked 23rd for scoring.
  • Scored a team high of 19 points and recorded eight assists versus Canada in the semifinal game and passed off for a USA World Championship For Young Men Qualifying Team record 13 assists against Puerto Rico.
  • Tallied four points, three rebounds, five assists and a pair of steals as the USA defeated the Canadian Young Men 88-54 in an exhibition contest.
  • Selected a member of the 2002 USA Youth Development Festival East Team that finished 3-2 and earned the silver medal, averaged 9.0 ppg., 5.6 rpg., 3.6 apg. and snatched a Festival third best 14 steals.


NBA HONORS:

  • Named All-NBA first team four times (2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014).
  • Named All-NBA second team three times (2009, 2015 and 2016).
  • Named All-NBA third team in 2011.
  • Finished 6th in voting for 2014-15 NBA MVP Award.
  • Finished second in voting for the 2007-08 NBA MVP award.
  • Six-time NBA All-Defensive first team (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016).
  • Voted NBA All-Defensive second team in 2008 and 2011.
  • Nine-time NBA All-Star selection (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016).
  • Owns the highest career assist average in NBA All-Star Game history (13.3 apg.) and ranks second (behind Magic Johnson's 127) in total assists with 106.
  • Named to 2016 NBA Western Conference All-Star Team, recorded 14 points, 4 rebounds, 16 assists and 1 steal in 19:10 of action.
  • Named to 2015 NBA Western Conference All-Star Team, recorded 12 points, 6 rebounds and a game-best 15 assists, 2 steals in 26:46 of action.
  • Voted a starter for the 2012 NBA Western Conference All-Star Team. and finished with 8 points, 5 rebounds, 12 assists in 31 minutes.
  • Voted a starter for the 2011 NBA Western Conference All-Star Team, recorded 10 points, tied for a Western Conference team high with 7 assists, recorded a game high 5 steals in 28 minutes.
  • Named a reserve member of the 2009 NBA Western Conference All-Star Team, recorded 14 points, a game best 14 assists and 3 steals in 29 minutes.
  • Named a reserve member of the 2008 NBA Western Conference All-Star Team, recorded 16 points, a game best 14 assists and 4 steals in 27 minutes.
  • Competed in the 2008 Skills Challenge.
  • Named 2006 NBA Rookie of the Year, receiving 124 of 125 first-place votes, the largest percentage of votes since David Robinson received 100 percent in 1989-90.
  • Was the only unanimous NBA All-Rookie first team selection.
  • Played for the Sophomore squad at the 2007 Rookie Challenge during the All-Star Weekend and recorded 16 points, and Rookie-Sophomore Game records of 17 assists and 9 steals.
  • Played on the Rookie Team in the 2006 Rookie Challenge Game and tallied 8 points, 11 assists and 5 steals.
  • Competed in the 2006 Skills Challenge.
  • Became the fifth rookie to win the Rookie of the Month award for every month of his rookie season, joining LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Tim Duncan and David Robinson.


NBA MILESTONES:

  • Ranks 152nd in all-time scoring (14,506), 11th in assists (7688), 19th in steals (1793), 192nd in made field goals (5119), tied for 205th in field goals attempted (10,829), 115th in made 3-point field goals (873), tied for 116th in attempted 3-point field goals (2390), tied for 178th in 3-point percentage (.3653), tied for 118th in made free throws (3395), 153rd in attempted free throws (3929), 32nd in free throw percentage (.8641), 200th in minutes played (27,725). 
  • Led the NBA in 2014-15 in assists (10.2 apg) making the third season he has led the league.
  • Led the NBA in 2013-14 in steals (2.48 spg) marking the fourth consecutive season and sixth time in his career he has done so.
  • Led the NBA in 2008-09 in assists (11.0 apg.).
  • Led the NBA in 2007-08 in assists (11.6 apg) and steals (2.7 spg), becoming the first player since John Stockton in 1992 to lead the NBA in both categories the same season.
  • Led the NBA in total steals as a rookie to become just the second rookie to accomplish the feat (Brevin Knight).
  • Set seven Hornets rookie records including most assists in a game and season, highest free throw percentage, most free throws made and attempted in a game, and most steals in a game and season.

NBA NOTES:

  • Completed in 2015-16 his 11th NBA season, fifth with the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • Has played in and started in 773 games in his NBA career and averaged 18.8 ppg., 4.4 rpg., 9.9 apg., 2.3 spg., while shooting 47.3 percent from the field, 36.5 percent from 3-point and 86.4 percent from the foul line.
  • Has appeared and started in 69 career postseason games, holds career playoff averages of 21.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg., 9.4 apg., and 2.3 spg., while shooting 48.3 percent from the field, 38.3 percent from 3-point and 84.4 percent from the foul line.
  • Played and started in all 74 games in 2015-16, averaged 32.7 minutes a game (43rd in NBA), 19.5 ppg. (23rd in NBA), 4.2 rpg., 10.0 apg. (4th in NBA), 1.9 spg. (3rd in NBA), shot 48.5 percent from the field, 39.8 percent from 3-point and 90.0 percent from the foul line. Ranked tied for 8th in the NBA in efficiency (24.8).
  • Fractured right hand in the third quarter of Game 4 in Portland on April 25, 2016, an injury that required surgery and forced him to miss the rest of Playoffs.
  • Finished 2011-12 ranked 1st in the NBA in steals per games, 2nd in assists per turnover (4.38), 3rd in assists per game.
  • Among all rookies in 2005-06, ranked 1st in scoring, assists, steals, minutes played per game, double-doubles (21), efficiency ranking, and was 4th in rebounding, 14th in free throw percentage and 27th in 3-point percentage.
  • Was the only NBA rookie in 2005-06 to record a triple-double, and he recorded two.
  • Selected by New Orleans as the 4th overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft.


COLLEGIATE NOTES:

  • In two seasons at Wake Forest University, team tallied a 48-16 record for a 75.0 winning percentage and made two NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the 2004 Sweet Sixteen.
  • Compiled in two seasons 948 points (15.0 ppg.), 245 rebounds (3.9 rpg.), 395 assists (6.3 apg.), 160 steals (2.5 spg.), while shooting 47.2 percent from the field, 47.0 percent from 3-point and 83.8 percent from the foul line.
  • Ranks second among Wake Forest's all-time career leaders for 3-point shooting percentage (.469), 7th in assists and steals.
  • Consensus 2004-05 All-American First Team after averaging 15.3 ppg., 4.5 rpg., 6.6 apg., while shooting 45.1 percent from the field, 47.4 percent from 3-point and 83.4 percent from the foul line.
  • Named 2005 All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) First Team and All-ACC Defensive Team.
  • Named 2004 National Freshman of the Year by The Sporting News, College Insider.com, was Dick Vitale's 2004 Diaper Dandy of the Year and listed on Basketball Times' National All-Freshman first team.
  • Named 2004 ACC Rookie of the Year, ACC All-Rookie Team selection, 2004 ACC All-Defensive Team, 2004 All-ACC Third Team, 2004 ACC All-Tournament Second Team.
  • Owns the all-time ACC record for freshman season steals with 84, surpassing Duke's Jason (Jay) Williams' 81 in 1999-00.
  • One of Wake's top freshmen in history, lists No. 1 among all-time Wake Forest freshmen season leaders in steals, assists (183), 3-point percentage (.465) and free throw percentage (.843) and ranks 3rd in both points (460) and scoring average (14.8 ppg.).
  • Ranks 3rd among all-time Wake Forest single-season steals leaders, 4th in 3-point field goal percentage and 5th in assists.
  • Started all 31 games played as a freshman, helping Wake Forest to the 2004 NCAA Sweet Sixteen and a 21-10 record and averaged a team second best 14.8 ppg. and team highs of 5.9 apg. and 2.7 spg.
  • Ranked eighth among 2003-04 NCAA leaders in steals per game and tied for 22nd for assists per game.


PERSONAL NOTES:

  • Born May 6, 1985 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  • Son of Charles and Robin Paul.
  • Brother C.J. played basketball at University of South Carolina-Spartanburg.
  • As a freshman at Wake Forest, carried with him to every game a copy of his grandfather's obituary. Paul's grandfather was tragically killed during his senior year of high school. On the day of the funeral, Paul went out and scored 61 points -- one for every year of his grandfather's life.
  • Attended West Forsyth High School (N.C.) and averaged 30.8 ppg., 8.0 apg., 6.0 spg. and 5.0 rpg. as a senior in leading his team to a 27-3 record and the Class 4A Eastern Regional finals.
  • Passed out 10 assists in the 2003 McDonald's High School All-American Game.
  • Honored with the 2003 McDonald's High School All-American Game Sportsmanship Award.
  • Named a 2003 Parade Magazine All-American, 2003 All-USA second team selection by the USA Today, named the 2003 North Carolina High School Player of the Year by The Associated Press and 2003 Mr. Basketball by the Charlotte Observer.


SOCIAL MEDIA:

USA Basketball Statistics

TEAM
G/S
MIN/AVG
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2012 OLY 8/8 206/25.8 25-  49 .510 13-  28 .464   3-  6 .500 20/ 2.5 66/   8.3 41 0 20
2012 MNT 5/4   90/18.0   8-  18 .444  3-    6 .500   4-  5 .800 10/ 2.0 23/   4.6 20 1 13
2008 OLY 8/0 175/21.9 19-  38 .500  4-  14 .286 22-24 .917 29/ 3.6 64/   8.0 33 0 18
2008 MNT 5/0 109/21.8 14-  22 .636  4-    8 .500   5-  6 .833 12/ 2.4 37/   7.4 27 0 3
2006 WC 9/6 213/23.7 22-  51 .431  5-  18 .278 14-18 .778 31/ 3.4 63/   7.0 44 1 17
2006 MNT 5/2   93/18.6 10-  17 .588  4-    9 .444   7-13 .538 10/ 2.0 31/   6.2 21 0 6
2004 YMQ 4/4 130/32.5 16-  37 .432  7-  11 .636   3-  5 .600 15/ 3.8 42/ 10.5 31 1 7
2004 YMQX 1/1   29/29.0   2-    8 .250  0-    1 .000   0-  0 .--- 3/ 3.0 4/   4.0 5 0 2
2002 YDFE 5/2 112/22.4 16-  39 .410 9-  23 .391   4-  7 .571 28/ 5.6 45/   9.0 18 0 14
Totals
50/27
1157/23.1
132-279
.473
49-118
.415
62-84
.738
158/ 3.2
375/  7.5
240
3
100

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