After being selected with fourth overall pick in the 2005 draft, Chris Paul quickly became one of the league's top point guards, racking up a Rookie of the Year award, six All-Star Game appearances, one All-Star MVP award, two Olympic gold medals and a handful of NBA records. Here's a look at some classic photos of the 6-foot guard, who reportedly has agreed to a five-year, $107 million extension with the Los Angeles Clippers.
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A mini CP3.
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Back at his childhood home in North Carolina, Paul was the proud owner of a framed Dick Vitale "The Theory of Rock-A-Tivity" poster.
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The 18-year-old guard from West Forsyth High in Clemmons, N.C., lit up the 2002 Nike Camp with teammate and future Cavaliers guard Daniel "Boobie" Gibson (background).
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As the top point guard prospect to come out of North Carolina in 2003, Paul committed to Wake Forest, where he played two years before going pro.
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But before joining the Demon Deacons, Paul battled LeBron James in the Jordan Capital Classic in April 2003.
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LeBron put up 34 points, but Paul's Silver team prevailed, 107-102.
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And here's Chris Paul in an oil field. With a basketball. Because that's normal.
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Paul, donning a Jay-Z sweatshirt, is all smiles with his ma, Robin Jones and pa, Charles Paul.
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During his senior year of high school, Paul famously scored 61 points in a game in honor of his grandfather, Nathaniel Jones, who had been killed just days before. Jones was 61. When Paul reached the 61-point mark, he intentionally missed a free throw and took himself out of the game, even though he was just six points away from breaking the state scoring record.
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In his two years at Wake Forest, Paul led the team to NCAA appearances, including a trip to the Sweet 16. He was named the ACC's Rookie of the Year in 2004.
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Family bonding over some spaghetti.
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The NBA's tradition of humiliating first-year players was alive and well in 2005. This is what the league did to Paul when the Hornets drafted him. Poor guy.
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Here's how you make a 6-foot (on a good day) point guard look even smaller.
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CP3 and then-Hornets guard Speedy Claxton get some quality, artery-clogging grub at The Sizzler.
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You'll never see a trainer this excited to stretch out Chris Paul.
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Paul, who appears quite proud of his extensive shoe collection, became one of only three athletes to get his own Jordan Brand shoe. Derek Jeter and Carmelo Anthony were the others.
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Paul and His Airness shot some pool at Zo & Magic's 8-Ball Challenge during All-Star Weekend in 2008.
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CP3 got to meet SpongeBob SquarePants during Nickelodeon's Annual Worldwide Day of Play at a Big Brothers Big Sisters even in New York. Jealous.
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Paul, who happens to be quite the bowler, was joined by Reggie Bush and Lil Wayne in the PBA Chris Paul Celebrity Bowling Invitational in New Orleans.
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