Paul became a member of the Thunder in mid-July after being traded by the Rockets (plus draft picks) in exchange for Russell Westbrook. Paul made his Thunder debut during opening night, recording 22 points, eight rebounds, three assists and one steal in 30 minutes against the Jazz. About a month later, Nov. 18 against the Clippers, Paul swiped a season-high four steals -- a mark he would reach five more times throughout the season. Against the Kings on Dec. 11, Paul set season highs in both assists (12) and blocks (three) while also posting eight points and seven rebounds in 35 minutes. He would go on to reach the 12-assist mark on two more occasions -- Feb. 13 in a win over the Pelicans and Mar. 6 in a win over the Knicks. Paul grabbed a season-high 11 rebounds in a win over the Raptors on Dec. 29, also posting 25 points and eight assists in 34 minutes. That performance marked one of his 10 double-doubles on the season. On Feb. 11 against the Spurs, the veteran scored a season-high 31 points in addition to seven assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block in 36 minutes. During the Thunder's seven-game playoff series against the Rockets, Paul averaged 21.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.6 steals in 37.3 minutes. At the end of the season, Paul was voted onto the All-NBA second team and finished seventh in MVP voting. In terms of the NBA ranks, Paul was ninth in total assists (472), fourth in total steals (111), fourth in free-throw percentage (90.7), ninth in win shares (8.9), 14th in box plus/minus (4.4) and 10th in value over replacement player (3.5).2018
Chris Paul started 58 regular-season games for the Houston Rockets during the 2018-19 campaign. He averaged 15.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 2.0 steals per contest. Paul finished third in the league in assists (minimum 58 games) behind Russell Westbrook and Kyle Lowry. Paul also finished third in steals behind Paul George and James Harden. Paul recorded a triple-double Dec. 11 against Portland with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Paul registered 17 additional double-doubles. He scored a season-high 32 points at Brooklyn on Nov. 2. He dished out a season-best 17 assists at Golden State on Feb. 23. Paul swiped six passes at Oklahoma City on Nov. 8. Paul upped his game during the playoffs, averaging 17.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 2.2 steals per contest. He did all he could to avoid elimination in Game 6 of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Golden State Warriors, tallying 27 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.2017
There isn't much to say about Paul that hasn't already been said. The future Hall of Famer was his usual productive self in his first season in Houston following a six-year run with the Clippers. Although Paul played just 58 regular-season games due to injury, he fit in seamlessly alongside league MVP James Harden when both men were on the floor together. Paul's assist numbers took a slight dip (7.9), while his scoring (18.6) and rebounding (5.4) averages both rose. Paul shot at least 46 percent from the field for the 11th straight season while finishing at a career-best 91.9 percent clip from the free throw line. Paul posted 20 or more points on 25 separate occasions while handing out 10 or more assists 16 different times, as well. The 2005 No. 4 overall selection also played exceptionally in the playoffs. In 15 postseason contests, Paul averaged 21.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 5.8 assists. His 41-point, 10-assist effort led Houston to a series-clinching Game 5 win over Utah in the Western Conference Semifinals. Paul finished with no fewer than a dozen points in each of his playoff appearances.2016
Paul appeared in 61 games in 2016-17 for the Clippers. The point guard averaged 18.1 points, 5.0 rebounds, 9.2 assists and 2.0 steals over 31.5 minutes of run. His passing mark was the fourth best in the league, and he ranked third in steals. Paul also shot 47.6 percent from the field and a career-high 41.1 percent from three-point range. On Nov. 4, the guard had his best performance of the season, posting 27 points, four rebounds, 11 assists, six steals and two blocks (to match his career high) in 32 minutes against the Grizzlies. On Nov. 29, he registered his lone triple-double of the campaign with 26 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists against the Nets. He then dished a season-best 20 assists -- his second highest mark ever -- on Dec. 10 against New Orleans. Paul skipped seven games between late December and early January to rest, and he later missed 14 straight games with a left thumb injury from January to February. He notched a total of 24 double-doubles and scored 20-plus points on 20 occasions. The Clippers finished with a 51-31 record and the Western Conference's fourth seed, losing in seven games to Utah in Round 1. Paul played in each contest, averaging 25.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 9.9 assists and 1.7 steals over 37.1 minutes. He was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team after the season.2015
Paul played 74 games for the Clippers in 2015-16, starting in each. The point guard averaged 19.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 10.0 assists and 2.1 steals over 32.7 minutes. It was his fourth straight season averaging 10-plus assists, and Paul was also third in the league in total steals. He logged a 46.2 percent shooting rate from the field and 37.1 from downtown. The guard dished 19 assists on Jan. 6 against the Trail Blazers, the third highest mark of his career. He also played in the 2016 NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 14, logging a game-high 16 assists. His best performance came Feb. 26, which featured 40 points, eight rebounds, 13 assists and two steals in 36 minutes against the Kings. Paul scored 20-plus points on 35 occasions while dishing 10-plus assists 40 times and notching 38 double-doubles. The Clippers finished with 53-29 record as the Western Conference's fourth seed, losing in the first round to Portland. The guard appeared in four of the six games, missing the last two with a broken hand. He averaged 23.8 points, 4.0 boards, 7.3 assists and 2.3 steals in 31.3 minutes of run. After the season, Paul was named to the All-NBA Second Team and the All-Defensive First Team.2014
Paul started all 82 games for the only time in his career in 2014-15. The guard averaged 19.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and a league-high 10.2 assists in 34.8 minutes for the Clippers. He shot 48.5 percent from the field and 39.8 from three-point range while reaching the 90.0 percent mark on free throws for the first time. The 29-year old notched 40 double-doubles and registered his lone triple-double Nov. 3 with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in 35 minutes against the Jazz. On Jan. 22, Paul had his first 17-assist performance of the campaign against the Nets -- one of 11 times he dished 15-plus dimes. Paul then had a game-high 15 assists during the 2015 NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 15. On April 4, he posted an impressive 41-point, 17-assist effort in 39 minutes against the Trail Blazers. Paul then hit a career-best six three-pointers in 11 attempts April 14 against the Suns. The Clippers beat the Spurs (4-3) before falling to the Rockets in seven games in Round 2. Paul appeared in 12 games, missing the first two against the Rockets with a hamstring injury. The guard averaged 22.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists in 37.1 minutes of run and had three 30-plus-point performances (Games 1 and 4 against the Spurs, Game 6 versus the Rockets). At season's end, Paul was named to the All-NBA Second and All-Defensive First Teams.2013
Paul re-signed with the Clippers on a five-year contract before the season. The point guard appeared in 62 games (62 starts), averaging 19.1 points and 4.2 rebounds while leading the league in assists (10.7) and steals (2.5). He shot 46.7 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from three-point range. Paul started the campaign on fire, scoring a season-high 42 points to go with 15 assists and six steals Oct. 31 against the Warriors. Four nights later, he dished 17 assists against the Rockets, another season high. Paul missed 18 straight games between January and February with a shoulder injury. He was nonetheless appointed to the 2014 NBA All-Star Game, playing for the West on Feb. 16 and registering 13 assists. Paul notched 39 double-doubles in 2013-14. The Clippers finished with a 57-25 record as the Western Conference's third seed, defeating the Warriors (4-3) before losing to the Thunder (2-4). The guard converted a postseason career-high eight three-pointers in Game 1 against the Thunder. Paul averaged 19.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 10.3 assists and 2.8 steals in 13 games. He was named to the All-NBA First and All-Defensive First Teams after the season.2012
Paul played 70 games for the Clippers in 2012-13, starting all of them. The point guard averaged 16.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 9.7 assists and 2.4 steals in 33.4 minutes of run. He led the league in steals and finished second in assists. On Jan. 9, Paul dished 16 assists against the Mavericks. Three nights later, he matched his season high, recording 16 dimes against the Magic. He missed 12 games between January and February with a knee injury. The 27-year old started for the West in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 17, winning his first ASG MVP Award with 20 points and 15 assists. On Mar. 26, Paul scored a season-best 33 points against the Mavs. He notched 31 double-doubles during the campaign. The Clippers advanced to the playoffs with a 56-26 record, losing to the Grizzlies in Round 1. Paul averaged 22.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 6.8 assists in the six-game series. He was selected to the All-NBA First and All-Defensive First Teams at season's end.2011
Paul was traded to the Clippers on Dec. 14 for Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and Al-Farouq Aminu and additional draft picks. He played 60 games for this new team, all as a starter. Paul averaged 19.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 9.1 assists and a league-leading 2.5 steals over 36.4 minutes. The playmaker established great rapport with Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan from the outset, earning the nickname "Lob City" for the franchise. On Feb. 22, Paul scored a season-best 36 points against the Nuggets, a mark he would match on March 9 against the Spurs. He was named a starter for the West at the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, dishing a game-high 12 assists on Feb. 26. On April 22, the guard registered eight steals against his former club (New Orleans), which was the second best mark of his career. The Clippers finished with a 40-26 record, beating the Memphis Grizzlies in seven games before falling to the Spurs in Round 2. Paul played all 11 games and averaged 17.6 points, 5.1 rebounds, 7.9 assists and 2.7 steals in 38.5 minutes of run. After the season, he was selected to the All-NBA First Team.2010
Paul played 80 games for the Hornets in 2010-11, starting in each. The point guard averaged 15.9 points, 4.1 rebounds, 9.8 assists and a league-leading 2.4 steals in 36.0 minutes. In terms of shooting numbers, he logged 46.3 percent from the field and 38.8 percent from three-point range. On Nov. 5, Paul dished a season-best 19 assists in a win over the Heat. He then played a career-high 50:41 on Feb. 9 in a overtime loss to the Nets. Paul was selected to the 2011 NBA All-Star Game and started for the West on Feb. 20, posting 10 points, seven assists and five steals in 28 minutes. His best performance of the campaign came March 12, which featured 33 points, seven rebounds, 15 assists and five steals in 42 minutes in a win over Sacramento. After posting a 46-36 record, the Hornets advanced to the playoffs, falling to the Lakers in Round 1. Paul appeared in all six games and averaged 22.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, 11.5 assists and 1.8 steals over 41.7 minutes. That included a 33-point, 14-assist effort in Game 1 and a 27-point, 13-rebound, 15-assist triple-double in Game 4. Paul was named to the All-NBA Third and NBA All-Defensive Second Teams at season's end.2009
Paul appeared in 45 games (45 starts) for the Hornets in 2009-10. He averaged 18.2 points, 4.2 rebounds, 10.7 assists and 2.1 steals in 38.0 minutes. He shot 49.3 percent on field goals and 40.9 on three-pointers, both of which were the second best marks of his career. On Nov. 4, Paul scored a season-high 39 points to go with seven assists in a win over the Mavericks. The 24-year old dished a season-best 19 assists Dec. 18, plus 30 points, in a win over Denver. His lone triple-double of the campaign came Dec. 29, when he posted 16 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in a loss to the Rockets. Paul notched 23 double-doubles and scored 20-plus points on 20 occasions. Unfortunately, the North Carolina native missed 25 straight games between late January and March after undergoing left knee surgery. That forced him to skip the 2010 All-Star Game, which would have been his third in a row. The Hornets did not qualify for the playoffs with a 37-45 record.2008
Paul signed a three-year extension with the Hornets before the season. The point guard played 78 games for the franchise, starting in each and averaging 22.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 11.0 assists and 2.8 steals in 38.5 minutes. He shot 50.3 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from three-point range. The averages in points, rebounds, steals, minutes and field goals were career highs, and he also led the league in assists and steals for the second year in a row. On Dec. 17, Paul set a new league record for consecutive games with at least one steal (106, which he stretched to 108). He was selected to his second All-Star Game and first as a starter, dishing a game-high 14 assists Feb. 15 for the Western Conference. On April 4, the point guard matched his career-high 43 points in a loss to the Warriors. Paul notched 50 double-doubles and six triple-doubles over the campaign. The Hornets finished with a 49-33 record as the seventh seed in the West, losing to the Nuggets in the first round. Paul averaged 16.6 points, 4.4 rebounds, 10.4 assists and 1.6 steals over 40.2 minutes during the five-game series. He was named to the All-NBA Second and All-Defensive First Teams at season's end.2007
Paul played 80 games (all starts) for the Hornets in 2007-08. The point guard averaged 21.1 points and 4.0 rebounds while leading the league with 11.6 assists and 2.7 steals in 37.6 minutes. He shot 48.8 percent on field goals and 36.9 percent on three-pointers. Paul started on fire, logging a career-high 21 assists Nov. 6 against the Lakers. On Dec. 7, Paul scored 43 points against the Grizzlies, setting a new personal best. The North Carolina native was selected to his first All-Star Game, hosted in New Orleans on Feb. 17, and produced 16 points and a game-high 14 assists. On Feb. 20, Paul established another career best with nine steals against the Mavericks. He notched his lone triple-double in a 16-point, 10-rebound, 13-assist effort against the Warriors on April 6. The Pelicans finished with a franchise-best 56-26 record. They beat the Mavericks before losing to the Spurs in Round 2 of the playoffs. In his postseason debut, Paul registered 35 points and 10 assists. Ultimately, he averaged 24.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 11.3 assists and 2.3 steals over 40.5 minutes of run through 12 postseason contests. He was named for the first time to the All-NBA First Team and to the All-Defensive Second Team while finishing second in MVP voting.2006
Paul appeared in 64 games for the Hornets, starting in each. He averaged 17.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 8.9 assists over 36.8 minutes. The point guard scored a season-high 35 points Nov. 18 in a win over Minnesota. On Dec. 12, Paul dished 18 assists in a loss to Chicago (another season best). That night also marked his third career triple-double thanks to his logging 25 points and 11 rebounds in addition to the 18 dimes. Paul registered 27 double-doubles during the campaign. The guard missed 16 straight games from December to January due to an undisclosed injury. The 21-year old was selected to the Rising Stars Challenge during the 2007 NBA All-Star Weekend and set new event records with 17 assists and nine steals. The passing mark was surpassed by John Wall in 2011, but he still holds the event-high in steals. The Hornets finished with a 39-43 record and did not qualify for postseason play.2005
Paul was selected by the Hornets with the fourth overall pick in the 2005 NBA Draft. The point guard played 78 games -- all of which were starts -- but the franchise hosted most of its contests in Oklahoma City after New Orleans was hit by Hurricane Katrina before the season. He averaged 16.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 7.8 assists and 2.2 steals over 36 minutes of run. Paul scored a season-high 28 points to go with 11 assists Jan. 20 against the Wizards. On Feb. 17, he participated in the Rising Stars Challenge during the 2006 NBA All-Star Weekend, dishing a game-high 11 assists for the rookies. On April 4, the 20-year old notched the first triple-double of his career with 24 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists against the Raptors. Paul registered another triple-double three days later against the Warriors and finished with 21 double-doubles on the campaign. The Hornets finished with a 38-44 season and did not advance to the playoffs. Paul was named Rookie of the Year after leading rookies in points, assists, steals and double-doubles. Not surprisingly, he was also named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
June 28, 2005Drafted by the New Orleans Hornets in the 1st round (4th pick) of the 2005 NBA Draft and signed his rookie contract shortly thereafter.
July 1, 2008Signed a four-year contract extension with the Hornets.
December 14, 2011Traded by the New Orleans Hornets along with cash and a 2015 2nd round draft pick to the Los Angeles Clippers for Al-Farouq Aminu, Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and a 2012 1st round draft pick.
July 10, 2013Signed a five-year contract with the Los Angeles Clippers.
June 28, 2017Traded by the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets for Patrick Beverley, Sam Dekker, Montrezl Harrell, Darrun Hilliard, DeAndre Liggins, Lou Williams, Kyle Wiltjer, cash and a 2018 1st round draft pick.
July 7, 2018Signed a four-year contract as a free agent with the Houston Rockets.
July 16, 2019Traded by the Houston Rockets with a 2021 1st round draft pick, a 2024 1st round draft pick, a 2025 1st round draft pick and a 2026 1st round draft pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Russell Westbrook.
November 16, 2020Traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder, along with Abdel Nader, to the Phoenix Suns for Ricky Rubio, Kelly Oubre, Jalen Lecque, Ty Jerome and a future first-round pick.