There are those whose talents are just enough for them to play at the highest level for a top team and earn big bucks over the course of their careers, while for others, their talent helps them leave a legacy that is spoken of long after they retire from the game. Of the few players in the NBA with this status, one of them is Chris Paul.
Paul has played for three teams in the NBA and every one of them can speak to his basketball genius and talent which he brought to their respective teams during his time there. Currently a player for the Houston Rockets, he has become one of the pivotal names in the team roster alongside James Harden driving the team to success.
Chris Paul Biography
Charles Edward Paul and Robin Jones welcomed their son, Chris Paul to the world on the 6th of May, 1985 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was born into a sports family, a father who was a former athlete and an older brother who is also a basketball player.
Paul began his basketball life playing for West Forsyth High School in North Carolina where he began to reveal the extent of his talents as a basketball prodigy. The amassment of individual accolades that has defined his life began in high school, with him earning multiple MVP awards while he was there.
Following the completion of high school, he joined Wake Forest University where he played his college career and helped his school to become the number one school in the country. During this time, he continued the further accumulation of personal awards and at the end of his second year in college, announced his intention to declare for the NBA.
Every aspiring basketball player in the United States, even across the world, dreams to one day play in the NBA. For Chris Paul and his family, that dream came true in the 2005 NBA Draft when he was drafted by the New Orleans Hornets as the fourth overall pick.
While most players might get carried away by the prestige and glamour of the topmost league in the world and fail to live up to their talents, Chris Paul was set and determined to make his name known from the first day and he achieved this, finishing his first season with the Hornets with an average of 16.1 points per game. A record that deservedly earned him the award as the Rookie of the Year.
He spent the next two seasons playing for the Hornets, fully establishing himself as a star of the NBA before moving to join the Los Angeles Clippers where he played the next six years. He further established himself as one of the greatest point guards in NBA history before taking his talents to Houston.
Injury and Career Stats
Chris Paul has been in the league for over 10 years, having made his debut in 2005. As a result of his longevity in the league, he has managed to feature in over 800 games, starting in all of them. Over the course of his career, he has recorded average points per game of 18.7 with 9.8 assists and 4.5 rebounds.
His performances over time have helped him to an impressive 9 appearances in the NBA All-Star game with an MVP award in 2013. He has been a part of the NBA All-Defensive First Team 7 times and as mentioned above, was named Rookie of the Year in 2006.
As for injuries, despite the legacy and brilliance that has been synonymous with Chris Paul throughout his career, he has been hindered by injuries which have plagued him at terrible stages over the course of different seasons. From the 2017/18 season to the 2018/19 season, he has suffered a total of 10 injuries.
Chris Paul Net Worth and Salary
Chris Paul has been able to build a net worth of $100 million since he became a professional player. He began his career earning about $6.52 million over the course of two years as a rookie player for the New Orleans Hornets. His first mega contract came in 2008 when he signed a four-year $63.6 million deal with the team. He is currently on a salary of $35 million per year after signing a four-year $159.7 million contract with the Houston Rockets in July 2018.
Height and Weight
At 6 feet, Chris Paul is certainly not amongst the tallest players in the NBA, falling way below the average 6 feet 2 inches height of an NBA point guard. Despite this supposed flaw, Paul has still managed to become one of the most exceptional and brilliant players in the league. His weight is further listed at 75 kg (175 lbs).