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Full Name: Christopher Emmanuel Paul Current Team: New Orleans Hornets
Height/Weight: 6'0"/175 Number: 3
Birthdate: May 6, 1985 Entry Draft: 1st round (4th) in 2006
Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina Drafted By: New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets
Position: PG College: Wake Forest University


Biography

Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays point guard for the New Orleans Hornets of the NBA.

High School

Paul played at West Forsyth High School, where he was a 2003 McDonald's All-American and was named North Carolina's Mr. Basketball for 2003 by the Charlotte Observer. Paul averaged 30.8 points, 8.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds, and 6.0 steals per game as a senior in leading his team to a 27-3 record and the Class 4A Eastern Regional finals. While in a game during high school, Paul scored 61 points in honor of his grandfather, who in 2002 was beaten to death in his own carport during a robbery; one point for every year his grandfather lived. When Paul reached the 61-point mark, he intentionally missed a free throw, then took himself out of the game even though the state high school scoring record of 67 points was well within reach.

College

Paul attended Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He played there for two years leading the Demon Deacons to two NCAA Tournaments, and one sweet sixteen appearance. In his sophomore year he was named a Consensus First Team All-American. Chris had also received the ACC Rookie of the Year as well as ACC All-Defensive Team honors during his play at Wake Forest. He left Wake Forest with records near the top of nearly every offensive category.

NBA

Rookie Season Paul was selected fourth overall by the New Orleans Hornets in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft. In his first season, he led all rookies in points, assists, steals, and minutes, earning him the 2006 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. 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 becoming only the second player to do so since Carmelo Anthony in 2003. After the season, Paul won the ESPY Award for Best Breakthrough Athlete. Chris Paul recorded his first triple-double on April 2, 2006 against the Toronto Raptors with 24 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists.

2006-2007 During his sophomore season, Paul led the team in assists, steals and total points and was a member of the sophomore squad at the 2007 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam at the NBA's All-Star Weekend. He 17.3 points and 8.9 assists a game but only played in 64 games out of the season.

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Totals

Season Team G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2006 NOK 78 78 2808 407 947 .430 50 177 .282 394 465 .847 61 339 400 611 175 6 183 218 1258
2007 NOK 64 64 2353 381 871 .437 50 143 .350 292 357 .818 54 226 280 569 118 3 161 154 1104
2008 NOH 80 80 3006 630 1291 .488 92 249 .369 332 390 .851 62 259 321 925 217 4 201 185 1684
2009 NOH 78 78 3002 631 1255 .503 64 176 .364 455 524 .868 69 363 432 861 216 10 231 212 1781
Career 300 300 11169 2049 4364 .470 256 745 .344 1473 1736 .849 246 1187 1433 2966 726 23 776 769 5827

Per Game

Season Team G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2006 NOK 78 78 36.0 5.2 12.1 .430 0.6 2.3 .282 5.1 6.0 .847 0.8 4.3 5.1 7.8 2.2 0.1 2.3 2.8 16.1
2007 NOK 64 64 36.8 6.0 13.6 .437 0.8 2.2 .350 4.6 5.6 .818 0.8 3.5 4.4 8.9 1.8 0.0 2.5 2.4 17.3
2008 NOH 80 80 37.6 7.9 16.1 .488 1.2 3.1 .369 4.2 4.9 .851 0.8 3.2 4.0 11.6 2.7 0.1 2.5 2.3 21.1
2009 NOH 78 78 38.5 8.1 16.1 .503 0.8 2.3 .364 5.8 6.7 .868 0.9 4.7 5.5 11.0 2.8 0.1 3.0 2.7 22.8
Career 300 300 37.2 6.8 14.5 .470 0.9 2.5 .344 4.9 5.8 .849 0.8 4.0 4.8 9.9 2.4 0.1 2.6 2.6 19.4

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