Chris Paul, a professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder, was born on May 6, 1985 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Chris Paul attributes most of his basketball successes to his parents, Charles Edward Paul and Robin Jones. Charles, Sr. taught Paul and his brother how to play basketball and football and coached them in various youth leagues throughout their childhoods.
Before entering the league, Paul was a McDonald's All-American in high school. He then went on to attend Wake Forest University, where he helped the Demon Deacons achieve their first ever number one ranking. After two years at Wake Forest, Paul entered the 2005 NBA Draft and was selected fourth overall by the New Orleans Hornets.
Paul now plays as a point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He has won two Olympic gold medals, led the NBA in assists four times and steals six times and was named Rookie of the Year in 2006. Paul has also been selected to nine NBA All-Star teams, nine All-Defensive teams and eight All-NBA teams. He also holds endorsements with Nike and State Farm.
Off the court, Paul has served as the National Basketball Players Association President since August 2013. He also serves his personal foundation, the Chris Paul Family Foundation.