Chris Paul: L.A. Clippers

by T Akery January 24th, 2013 | NBA
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paul afChris Paul is one of the key players keeping the L.A. Clippers in the run for the playoffs. His contributions have been invaluable to a team that has previously struggled in the NBA. If the team is going to get anywhere in the playoffs, Chris Paul needs to stay healthy enough to play. He was out recently due to a injury to his knee. He came back in time to help the Clippers beat the Wizards.

Paul was born in North Carolina. His father was involved in both of his kids’ sports. But it was his grandfather he had a deep admiration for. He spent summers working for his grandfather. Unfortunately before his senior year, tragedy struck. His grandfather died as a result of a crime committed by some teenagers. This lead to his highest scoring game of his high school career. He scored a total of 61 points before leaving the field.

After high school, he went on to play for the North Carolina Demon Deacons where he picked up a handful of rookie awards. He also managed to break a few records during his two years at Wake Forest. After that, he made a declaration for the NBA.

He started his NBA career at the New Orleans Hornets. Unfortunately, it was also the same year that Katrina ripped through New Orleans. So, his first game was in Oklahoma City. But he managed to capture Rookie of the year.

After New Orleans came back to their city permanently, Paul played well enough to make the All-Star team. He also helped the Hornets top the Western Conference in 2008. They did win against the Mavericks but didn’t make it to the finals.

In 2009, Chris Paul suffered from a few injuries. Most notable was a torn muscle in his knee. This required him to miss a few games. But when he played, he managed to help the Hornets to win.

It was in 2012 that the Hornets decided to trade Paul. After a couple of failed deals, Paul finally moved to the L. A. Clippers. In his first game, he scored 20 points. He also started on the 2012 Olympic team which won Gold.

This season, he leads the stats in the NBA for steals. He is also second in assists. He has also been instrumental in leading the Clippers to a winning season. They need his offensive play in order to make it through the playoffs. No doubt that he is one of the players that the Clippers will depend on to reach the NBA Championship.

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