Chris Paul is an NBA player currently on the Los Angeles Clippers. He is a seven-time All-Star and was named MVP of the 2013 All-Star Game.
The New Orleans Hornets selected Paul with the No. 4 pick in the 2005 draft out of Wake Forest.
Paul was named Rookie of the Year in 2006 after averaging 16.1 points, 7.8 assists and 2.2 steals. The Hornets won 20 more games in Paul’s first season than the year before.
Paul finished second in MVP voting behind Kobe Bryant in his third season. He averaged 21.1 points and led the league in assists (11.6 apg) and steals (2.7 spg). He made his first playoff appearance and led the Hornets to a first-round victory over the Dallas Mavericks.
In February 2010, Paul had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. He returned in late March, but the Hornets missed the playoffs.
He nearly led the Hornets to an upset of the defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the 2011 playoffs. He averaged 22.0 points, 11.5 assists and 6.7 rebounds during the six-game series.
Paul was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in a three-team trade, but commissioner David Stern vetoed the trade, citing “basketball reasons.” Less than a week later, he was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Teaming with power forward Blake Griffin, Paul led the Clippers to the playoffs in 2012, including a first-round win over the Memphis Grizzlies. The Clippers lost in the first round of the 2013 playoffs and second round of the 2014 playoffs.