Christopher Emmanuel Paul is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. Nicknamed "CP3", he has won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, an NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award, two Olympic gold medals, and led the NBA in assists four times and steals a record six times. He has also been selected to eleven NBA All-Star teams, nine All-NBA teams, and nine NBA All-Defensive teams. Paul was a McDonald's All-American in high school. He attended Wake Forest University for two years of college basketball, where he helped the Demon Deacons achieve their first-ever number one ranking. He was selected fourth overall in the 2005 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets, where he developed into one of the league's premier players, finishing second in NBA Most Valuable Player Award voting in 2008.
|Born||May 6, 1985, Winston-Salem, North Carolina|
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in|
|Listed weight||175 lb|
|High school||West Forsyth, (Clemmons, North Carolina)|
|College||Wake Forest (2003–2005)|
|NBA draft||2005 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4, New Orleans Hornets|
CP3 is the moniker of a star NBA point guard and 2006 Rookie of the Year. While playing for the New Orleans Hornets in 2008 and 2009, he topped the NBA in assists. From 2011 until 2017, he was a member of the Los Angeles Clippers before being traded to the Houston Rockets. He joined the Phoenix Suns in 2020.
Before attending Wake Forest University, he won a number of national AAU basketball titles. He was taken 4th overall by the Hornets in the 2005 NBA Draft after two years of collegiate basketball.
In December 2011, he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, but David Stern vetoed the deal, ending fans' hopes of seeing him team up with Kobe Bryant. In 2013, he was selected MVP of the NBA All-Star Game.
New Orleans Hornets draft picks. Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's basketball players. Sportspeople from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. New Orleans Hornets players. Oklahoma City Thunder players. Olympic gold medalists for the United States in basketball. Basketball players at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Basketball players at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Los Angeles Clippers players. Houston Rockets players. Basketball players from North Carolina. Phoenix Suns players. National Basketball Association All-Stars. United States men's national basketball team players