After leaving Wake Forest University, who retired his jersey in March, 2013, at end of his sophomore year, Chris was chosen by the New Orleans Hornets with the fourth pick in the 2005 NBA draft, which led to NBA Rookie of the Year honors, and the first of his eight All Star selections. The Winston-Salem, North Carolina native is also a four-time NBA First Team selection, a five-time All NBA Defensive First Team selection, a four-time NBA assist leader, and a six-time NBA steals leader.    

He played with the Hornets for six seasons and took the team to their first Southwest Division title in franchise history in 2008 before signing with the Clippers in 2011. Since joining the Clippers, Chris has elevated the once dormant franchise into a legitimate contender, boosting ticket sales and packing the arena with fans excited to see the 6-foot “King of Lob City” dazzle on the court with his trademark “ankle breaking” crossover, puppeteer-like handle, and of course his signature alley-oops which helped lead the Clippers to their first Pacific Division championship in 2013. The magnetic, feisty point-guard has become a well-respected, admired leader of his team, as well as to the entire NBA, with teammates and other players (Chris serves as the President of the NBA Players Association) turning to the 30-year-old self-proclaimed “people-person” for wisdom and advice.    

In 2005, Chris and his family established the CP3 Foundation, a philanthropic partnership with The Winston-Salem Foundation in honor of his late grandfather. The foundation was created to highlight Chris’ dedication and love, both to his grandfather’s spirit and to the city of Winston-Salem, NC, for nurturing him from his days as a stand-out high school student-athlete to a national star at Wake Forest University. Celebrating 10 years of service to the community, Chris Paul and his family are extremely proud of their endowment to Wake Forest University. Annually awarding two scholarships (one athletic and one academic) to a Forsyth County, North Carolina student with the Nathaniel Jones Scholarship, in memory of Chris’ grandfather and mentor. The foundation’s efforts are truly a family affair and with its 10-year anniversary, the foundation officially changed its name to the Chris Paul Family Foundation to include the involvement of Chris’ parents, wife, brother, sister-in-law and extended family members. 

The foundation’s emphasis on community involvement has won them the NBA’s Community Assist Award three times in Chris’ 10-year career. The award is given to an NBA player that consistently shows passion for philanthropy and community service. The Foundation partnerships with Feed the Children, Make-A-Wish, Salvation Army B&G Clubs, LA’s Best Afterschool programs, Leapz & Bounds and a number of other organizations, aim to support education, literacy and technology enrichment, health and wellness initiatives.  

Although his career keeps him extremely busy, for Chris, who is married to his college sweetheart, Jada, with two small children, family comes first and matters above all. His parents instilled in him and CJ at very young ages the importance of family, education, and being well-rounded, humble individuals. Even with all of the accolades and success, Chris is still a compassionate, caring person who would give a person the shirt off his back.