Chris Paul is an American professional basketball player who plays as a guard for the Houston Rockets of the NBA. He has been named an NBA All-Star nine times,an All-NBA Team member 8 times and nine times in NBA All-Defensive team.He is the current president of National Basketball Players Association. He attended Wake Forest University in 2003 and won ACC Rookie of the Year. Paul was drafted with the fourth in the 2005 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets (Now Pelicans). He owns L.A.X., a professional bowling team.
In Paul's rookie season he led the league in total steals (78), only second to do so and was named NBA Rookie of the Year. During his second year in the league, he was ranked fourth in the NBA in assists per game. He made his debut of the national team in 2006 FIBA World Championship and won the bronze medal. He was selected to his first NBA All-Star Game in 2007 and was named in All-NBA and All-Defensive teams for the first time. Paul holds the NBA record for consecutive games with a steal at 108. Won back-to-back Olympic gold with the national team in 2008 and 2012.
On December 8, 2011, the Hornets agreed to a three-way trade sending Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers but the trade was nullified by The NBA who owned the team at the time. On December 14, 2011, he along with two future second-round draft picks were traded to the Clippers for Eric Gordon, Al-Farouq Aminu, Chris Kaman, and the Minnesota Timberwolves unprotected first-round pick in the 2012 draft. He Led league in steals per game (2.5) during the 2011-12 season. At the 2013 All-Star Game, Paul received his first NBA All-Star Game MVP Award. During the 2013-14 season, he led NBA in assists per game (10.7), assist-to-turnover ratio (4.57) and steals per game (2.5). During the 2014–15, Paul played in all 82 games for the first time in his career. During the 2017 playoffs after losing to the Utah Jazz in round 1 marked ninth consecutive playoff appearances without a Conference Finals appearance for Chris Paul.
On June 28, 2017, Paul was traded to the Houston Rockets in exchange for Patrick Beverley, Lou Williams, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Kyle Wiltjer, a future first round pick, and cash considerations. In Game 5 of the second-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, Paul scored a playoff career-high 41 points to reach the conference finals for the first time in his career. During the Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals, Paul injured his hamstring late in the game against the Golden State Warriors and missed game 6& 7 of the series. On July 8, 2018, Paul signed a four-year, $160 million maximum extension with Houston.