|Height:||6 feet 0 inches(183 cm)|
|Weight:||175 lb.(79 kg)|
|High School:||West Forsyth High School, North Carolina, USA|
|NBA draft:|| 2005, 1st round|
4th overall pick
|Pro career:||1st season Rookie|
Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985, in Lewisville, North Carolina) is a professional athlete in the National Basketball Association. Paul was selected by the New Orleans Hornets in the first round of the 2005 NBA Draft with the fourth overall pick, and is currently the team's starting point guard. Paul received the 2006 NBA Rookie of the Year Award leading all rookies in points, assists, steals, and minutes. He was also the only unanimous selection to the 2005-06 NBA All Rookie First Team and was named Western Conference Rookie of the Month every month in the 2005-06 season.
Paul played at West Forsyth High School, where he was a 2003 McDonald's All-American and was named North Carolina's Mr. Basketball for 2003 by the Charlotte Observer. Paul averaged 30.8 ppg., 8.0 apg., 6.0 spg. and 5.0 rpg. as a senior in leading his team to a 27-3 record and the Class 4A Eastern Regional finals. While in a game during high school, Paul scored 61 points in honor of his deceased grandfather.模板:Fn
Chris attended Wake Forest University from 2003-2005, and played under coach Skip Prosser. Paul was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year for the 2003-2004 season. He was named the 2004-05 ACC Preseason Player of the Year and Associated Press Preseason National Player of the Year, and was a consensus first-team All-American in 2005. While at Wake Forest, he tallied career totals of 948 points, 395 assists, and 160 steals. Chris has been nicknamed CP3, a combination of his initials and jersey number.
He owns the all-time ACC record for freshman season steals with 84, surpassing Duke's Jason Williams' 81 in 1999-00. One of Wake's top freshmen in history, lists No. 1 among all-time Wake freshmen season leaders in steals, assists (183), three-point field goal percentage (.465) and free throw percentage (.843), ranks third in both points (460) and scoring average (14.8 ppg.) He ranked third among all-time Wake single season steals leaders, fourth in three-point field goal percentage, fifth in assists and 15th in free throw percentage.
Paul has helped to turn around the franchise that has struggled throughout much of the regular season, and transformed them from the 2005 season's basement dweller to contenders for a 2006 playoff spot (although, ultimately, the Hornets were unsuccessful).
Chris Paul was named the recipent of 2005-06 T-Mobile NBA Rookie of the Year award, receiving 124 of 125 first place votes, one vote away from a unanimous selection (Deron Williams received the other first place vote). He averaged 16.1 points, 7.8 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 2.24 steals per game.
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