Chris Paul began his professional career with the New Orleans Hornets back in 2005. Since that time, the NBA star has successfully played for at least four teams as well as the US national team where he won two Olympic gold medals. Paul has been selected to no less than ten NBA All-Star teams and has won an NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award. In addition to his super-successful career, many fans admire Paul’s family life and the relationship he shares with Jada Crawley, his wife of about ten years now. Just how did he get here and how has his NBA success translated to millions of dollars in assets?
Chris Paul’s Earning History
Although Chris Paul made a name for himself in his high school and college careers, the money only started to pour in when he went professional in April of 2005. In the middle of that month, the North Carolina-born player announced his retirement from college football and expressed his decision to hire an agent for his professional career.
That year, Chris Paul was selected by the New Orleans Hornets; 4th overall in the NBA draft. His first season was marked by an incredible performance that saw him leading all the rookies on several fronts; points, steals, assists, and double-doubles. After averaging 16.1 points, 7.8 assists, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game, Paul was named NBA Rookie of the Year.
According to sources, Chris Paul, as of 2020 has earned a total salary of $260,957,260 in NBA contracts since he joined in April 2005. This excludes endorsement deals as well as salaries for playing on the national team.
His first NBA contract was his rookie deal with the New Orleans Hornets’ it was a two-year contract that was worth $6.52 million. In his first season, he earned $3.1 million in salary, the fact that he went to snag the Rookie of the Year Award, shows that he was well worth the millions
During his second season, Chris Paul carted home $3,380,160 in salary. Having averaged 17.3 points and 8.9 assists per game, he was named to the All-Star team during his third season, earning himself a lucrative extension deal with the Hornets. In 2008, Paul signed a four-year extension with the Hornets which took effect in the 2009-10 season. He was paid $63.6 million. In the first year of the contract extension, he earned $15 million in salary.
Trade To Other Teams and How Much He Made
Towards the end of that big contract, the Hornets, not wanting Paul to leave via a free agency began making plans to trade him. The talented point guard was being traded to other teams on short contracts. It began with a plan to send him to the Los Angeles Lakers where he could play with former NBA star, Kobe Bryant. However, that deal was nullified by the NBA. In December 2011, he was later traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.
During his first season with the Clippers, Paul earned $13,167,648; averaging 19.8 points and 9.1 assists per game. In 2013, he signed a 5-year extension with the Clippers worth $107.3 million. The following season, his earnings climbed to over $20 million a year, and that has been his average take-home since then.
During his last season with the Los Angeles Clippers, Chris Paul carted home $23.5 million. He later asked to be traded to the Houston Rockets where he started to play in the summer of 2017.
Paul later signed a contract with the Rockets that saw him earn $24,268,959 within his first seasons alone. His performance also validated that; an average of 18.6 points and 7.9 assists in that season. Thanks to Paul’s incredible support, the Rockets made it to the Western Conference Finals that year and were poised to winning the series until tragedy struck. Analysts say that Paul’s injury played a huge role in the Rockets’ loss.
In 2018, Houston Rockets extended Paul a four-year contract worth $159.7 million but traded him a year later to the Oklahoma City Thunders. The deal meant that the point guard, Russel Westbrook, would join the team.
As of this writing, Paul plays for the Thunders and has averaged 17.7 points, 6.8 assists, and 4.9 rebounds for the team before the season was canceled due to COVID-19.
Paul is expected to earn $41.4 million in the 2020-21 season. Over the course of his 15-year career, Chris Paul has built a handsome net worth of $120 million. But basketball salary is not his only income stream.
He Earns Over $7 Million In Endorsement Deals
Asides basketball, Chris Paul has multiplied his money-making powers via several lucrative endorsement deals. In its 2014 ranking, Forbes listed him as one of the highest-earning athletes in the world. His $24.2 million earnings also included a $5.5 million portion in endorsements.
As of this writing, Paul has endorsement deals with Nike, Panini, State Farm, Tissot, and more. He now makes over $7 million annually in endorsements.
He also makes money from TV appearances including the 2019 film, Scooby-Doo and Guess Who? As he puts it, all of that money only makes sense when he’s able to share it with a special someone.
The Power Forward’s Love Life with Jada Crawley
Paul has been married to his college darling, Jada Crawley, since September 10, 2011. Like her husband, Jada Crawley was also born in North Carolina, but on February 16, 1984. She attended Wake Forest University where she met Paul who played on the school’s team at the time.
The two had met at a basketball game in 2003 and things kind of waxed romantic from there. Popular culture would believe that the two met by happenstance and Chris Paul made the first move. Nothing could be farther from the truth. If anything, Crawley had asked a mutual friend to get them introduced.
After dating for eight years, they exchanged vows in 2011, in a star-studded ceremony at the Ballantyne Hotle and Lodge in Charlotte, North Carolina. In attendance were NBA big wigs such as LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and entertainers such as Kevin Hart. The lavish wedding ceremony also featured a six-tier wedding cake embellished with 50,000 flowers and 600 candles.
About a decade later, Paul and Crawley are parents to two lovely children, a son, Christopher Emmanuel Paul II (b. May 23, 2009), and a daughter, Camryn Alexis (b. August 2012). They live in their Bel Air mansion reportedly worth $8.5 million.