Happy 29th birthday, Chris Paul! The Clippers’ starting point guard is almost at the big three zero, and he’s already made major strides in his athletic career. The six-foot b-baller is still a sight for sore eyes and hasn’t really aged since his rookie debut in 2005.
The NBA vet continues to work just as hard as he did when he was a rookie, making sure that he remains a top contender in the sport. To commemorate the All-Star players’ final year as a youngin’, we compiled a list of interesting facts that you may not know about CP.
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Chris Paul originally played football as a youth, but followed his brother’s footsteps and joined the high school basketball team. It wasn’t until his junior year that he hit his belated growth spurt and started to gain interest from top ranked universities.
While attending Wake Forest University, Paul was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year.
During Chris Paul’s first year playing, the rookie broke freshmen records for steals, assists, free-throws and three-point percentages.
CP is a proud supporter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Chris Paul does a lot of charity work himself. In 2005, he and his family created the CP3 Foundation, which promotes education, health, sports and social responsibility for youth and families.
During his first year in the pros, the Hornets won 38 games and Chris Paul was named Western Conference Rookie of the Year every month.
Chris Paul was a contestant on Family Feud.
Chris Paul and his gorgeous wife Jada Crawley were college sweethearts. They were married in 2011.
Chris Paul wrote a children’s book about his life story and journey into the league.
Chris Paul, his brother and father—all athletes—also share the same initials.
Chris Paul’s son, Baby CPJ, is the cutest little thing ever.