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  • Faith: Christian
  • Career: Athlete
  • Birthday:  May 06, 1985

Chris Paul, nicknamed “the Point God” and “CP3,” is a professional basketball player for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA. Widely regarded as one of the greatest point guards of all time, Paul has won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award, an NBA All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award, two Olympic gold medals, and led the NBA in assists five times and steals a record six times. He’s also been selected to 12 NBA All-Star teams, 11 All-NBA teams and nine NBA All-Defensive teams. In 2021, Paul was selected to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team. He also served as the president of the National Basketball Players Association from 2013 to 2021. Among the highest-paid athletes in the world, he holds endorsement deals with companies such as State Farm and Jordan Brand.

In high school, Paul was a McDonald’s All-American and attended Wake Forest University for two years of college basketball, where he helped the Demon Deacons achieve their first-ever number-one ranking. He was selected as the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets, where he developed into one of the league’s best players, finishing second in NBA Most Valuable Player Award voting in 2008. During the 2011 offensive season, the Hornets organized a deal to send Paul to the Los Angeles Lakers, but the NBA controversially voided the transaction. He was instead dealt to the Los Angeles Clippers later that year.

Led by Paul’s playmaking, the Clippers developed a reputation for their fast-paced offense and spectacular alley-oop dunks, earning them the nickname “Lob City.” In 2017, he was traded to the Houston Rockets, where he helped the team win a franchise-record 65 games in his debut season. He played one more season in Houston before being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder as part of a package for Russell Westbrook in 2019. With the Thunder looking to rebuild, Paul was traded to the Phoenix Suns in 2020, where he reached the NBA Finals for the first time in his career in 2021. The following season, he helped the team win a franchise-record 64 games, and after three seasons in Phoenix, Paul was traded to the Warriors.

Paul was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to Robin Jones and Charles Edward Paul. He grew up in Lewisville with his older brother, Charles. His family gave him the nickname “CP3” because Paul, his father, and his brother all share the same initials. A former athlete himself, Charles Sr. taught his sons football and basketball and coached them in various youth leagues throughout their childhoods. Growing up, the Paul brothers spent their summers working at a service station owned by their grandfather, Nathaniel Jones. Paul attributes many life lessons to his grandfather, describing him as his “best friend.”

What religion is Chris Paul?

Chris Paul is a Christian who was raised as a Baptist. In a 2008 interview, he revealed that he’s a Christian and attends church every Sunday whenever possible. In 2011, Paul married his college sweetheart, Jada Crawley. Together, they have two children.

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