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Chris Paul

USA BASKETBALL NOTES:

  • Honors: Named 2004 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 2021 USA National Team and U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team on on March 11, 2021.

  • Named a finalist for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team on Feb. 10, 2020.

  • 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., 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., 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 tied for team-leading 1.9 spg., in 23.7 mpg.

  • Set a new U.S. record for assists in the World Championship with 44 assists and an average of 4.9 apg. His 17 steals ranks tied for seventh 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 posted 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 8 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 4 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 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:

  • Four-time All-NBA first team (2008, 2012, 2013 and 2014).

  • Five-time All-NBA second team selection (2009, 2015, 2016. 2020 and 2021).

  • Named All-NBA third team in 2011.

  • Seven-time NBA All-Defensive first team selection (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017).

  • Two-time NBA All-Defensive second team selection (2008 and 2011).

  • 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.

  • Finished sixth in voting for 2014-15 NBA MVP Award.

  • Finished second in voting for the 2007-08 NBA MVP award.

  • Eight-time NBA Player of the Month.

  • Thirteen-time NBA Player of the Week. 

  • Recipient of 2016 ESPYs “Humanitarian of the Year” award and the 2016 Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

  • Became the fifth rookie to win the Rookie of the Month award for every month (6) of his rookie season, joining LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Tim Duncan and David Robinson.

  • Five-time winner of NBA Community Assist Award.

  • Eleven-time NBA All-Star selection (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2020 and 2021).

  • In 10 NBA All-Star appearances, has started four times, and has averaged 27.0 minutes, 13.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 112.8 assists and 2.6 steals a game, while shooting 53.0% from the field, 46.8% from 3-point and 85.7% from the foul line.  

  • Owns the highest career assist average in NBA All-Star Game history (12.8 apg.) and ranks as the all-time career leader for total assists with 128.

  • Recorded 6 points, 8 rebounds, a game-best 16 assists and 3 steals in 31 minutes for the victorious Team LeBron in the 2021 NBA All-Star Game

  • Played for Team LeBron at the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, recorded 23 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists in 25:31 of action.

  • 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.

  • 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.

NBA MILESTONES:

  • Through 2020-21, among NBA career all-time leaders ranks fourth for assists per game (9.4), fifth for assists (10,275), fifth for steals (2332), ninth for steals per game (2.1), 25th for free throw percentage (.873%), 35th for triple-doubles (16), 40th for 3-point field goals made (1481), 40th for 3-point field goals attempted (3988), 47th for points (19,978), 53rd in minutes played (37,757), 58th for free throws made (4427), 71st for field goals made (7035), 72nd for field goals attempted (14,898), 78th for free throws attempted (5073), 80th for games played (1090) and 82nd for minutes per game (34.6).

  • Only player in NBA history with career averages of at least 18.0 ppg., 9.0 apg., 4.0 rpg. and 2.0 spg.
  • Has been voted to the All-NBA team 10 times, the second most among active players (behind LeBron James).
  • One of only three players (Jason Kidd and John Stockton) with 9,000+ assists and 2,000+ steals.

  • One of five players in NBA history with at least 17,000 points, 9,000 assists, and 4,000 rebounds joining Jason Kidd, Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson, and John Stockton.

  • One of three players in NBA playoff history (min. 40 games) with career averages of at least 20.0 points and 8.0 assists (Oscar Robertson and Isiah Thomas).

  • Through 2019-20, leads active players and ranks 7th in NBA history in career assists (9,653) and career steals (2,233), 4th in career assists per game (9.5) and 7th in career steals per game (2.2).

  • Has led the league in assists per game four times and led in steals per game six times. Has three times led the NBA in total assists for a season and five times led in total steals.

  • Through 2020-21, has recorded 16 career triple-doubles in the regular season plus three in the playoffs. Has 446 career double-doubles.

  • Through 2019-20, has recorded 914 games with 10+ points, 427 games with 20+ points, 74 with 30+ points and eight with 40+ points. Has 482 career games with 10+ assists, 90 with 15+ assists and four with 20+ assists.

  • 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).

NBA NOTES:

  • Completed in 2020-21 his 15th NBA season, first with the Phoenix Suns. Also played one season with the Oklahoma City Thunder (2019-20), two seasons with the Houston Rockets (2017-18 - 2018-19), six seasons with the LA Clippers (2011-12 - 2016-17), six seasons with the New Orleans Pelicans (2005-06 - 2010-11).

  • Traded by Oklahoma City Thunder to the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 16, 2020.

  • Through 2020-21, has played in and started in 1,090 games in his NBA career and has compiled 37,756 minutes (35.4 mpg.), 19,978 points (18.4 ppg.), 4,923 rebounds (4.5 rpg.), 10,275 assists (9.5 apg.) and 2,332 steals (2.2 spg.), while shooting 47.2% from the field, 37.1% from 3-point and 87.3% from the foul line.

  • Through 2019-20, has appeared and started in 109 career postseason games, holds career-playoff averages of 37.3 minutes, 20.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 2.1 steals a game, while shooting 47.8% from the field, 36.5% from 3-point and 84.7% from the foul line.

  • Played and started in 70 games in 2020-21, averaged 31.4 minutes a game (54th in NBA), 16.4 ppg. (50th in NBA), 4.5 rpg., 8.9 apg. (3rd in NBA) and 1.4 steals a game (15th in NBA). Shot 49.9% from the field (41st in NBA), 39.5% from 3-point (60th in NBA) and a league-leanding and career-high 93.4% from the foul line. Ranked 31st in the NBA in efficiency (21.4).

  • Played and started in 70 games in 2019-20, averaged 31.5 minutes a game (55th in NBA), 17.6 ppg. (54th in NBA), 5.0 rpg., 6.7 apg. (18th in NBA) and 1.6 steals a game (12th in NBA). Shot 48.9% from the field (34th in NBA), 36.5% from 3-point and 90.7% from the foul line (4th in NBA). Ranked 23rd in the NBA in efficiency (20.7).

  • Ranked first in the NBA in clutch-time scoring in 2019-20, guiding Oklahoma City to a league-leading 30 clutch-time wins.

  • Finished 2011-12 ranked first in the NBA in steals per games, second in assists per turnover (4.38) and third in assists per game.

  • Among all rookies in 2005-06, ranked first in scoring, assists, steals, minutes played per game, double-doubles (21), efficiency ranking, and was fourth 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 fourth overall pick of the 2005 NBA Draft.

COLLEGIATE NOTES:

  • Spent two seasons (2003-04 - 2004-05) at Wake Forest University.

  • Helped team to a 48-16 record for a 75.0 winning percentage and made two NCAA Tournament appearances, advancing to the 2004 Sweet Sixteen.

  • In two seasons, played in 63 games, started in 61, and compiled 948 points (15.0 ppg.), 245 rebounds (3.9 rpg.), 395 assists (6.3 apg.), 160 steals (2.5 spg.), while shooting 47.2% from the field, 47.0% from 3-point and 83.8% from the foul line.

  • Ranks second among Wake Forest's all-time career leaders for 3-point shooting percentage (.469) and seventh in assists and steals.

  • As a sophomore (2004-05), played in 32 games, started in 31, averaged 33.4 minutes, 15.3 ppg., 4.5 rpg., 6.6 apg. and 2.4 spg. Shot 45.1% from the field, 47.4% from 3-point and 83.4% from the foul line.

  • Named consensus 2004-05 All-American first team, All-Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) first team and All-ACC Defensive Team.

  • As a freshman (2003-04), played in 31 games, started in 30, averaged 33.6 minutes, 14.8 ppg., 3.3 rpg., 5.9 apg. and 2.7 spg. Shot 49.4% from the field, 46.5% from 3-point and 84.3% from the foul line.

  • 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 (46.5 percent) and free throw percentage (84.3 percent) and ranks third in both points (460) and scoring average (14.8 ppg.).

  • Ranks third among all-time Wake Forest single-season steals leaders, fourth in 3-point field goal percentage and fifth 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:

  • He and his wife, Jada, have a son Chris, and a daughter, Camryn. 

  • Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

  • 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.

  • Posted 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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