Chris Paul

GSA Board Member
Chris Paul
NBA Point Guard, Author and Philanthropist

Affectionately known as the Point God, Chris Paul is a twelve-time NBA All-Star and two-time Olympic Gold medalist. He was recently named to the NBA’s 75th Anniversary team as one of the 75 greatest players in NBA history. In 2021, Paul became the first player in league history to record 20,000 points and 10,000 assists in their career. He ranks third on the NBA all-time career assists list. Paul recently completed his 19th season in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors and has previously played with the Phoenix Suns, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Clippers, and New Orleans Hornets. 

Off the court, he’s a father, husband, entrepreneur, author, philanthropist and leader. Chris served as  President of the National Basketball Players Association from 2013 until 2021 and was critical through significant growth periods of the league, while helping the NBA and its players maintain the position of being the one of the most watched leagues in sports.

His 2023 New York Times best-selling memoir, Sixty-One: Life Lessons from Papa, On and Off the Court, is a powerful and unexpected memoir of family, faith, tragedy, and life's most important lessons. 

Paul's business footprint is diverse with a portfolio which includes, minority ownership of the Indian Premier League's Rajasthan Royals and the Winston-Salem Dash in his home state of North Carolina, as well as the owner of the CP3 Basketball Academy.  Chris is extremely proud of his Team CP3 AAU teams, which has help manifest careers for 14 players in the NBA.

Paul's long standing partnerships with brands such as State Farm Insurance and Jordan Brand are also worthy accomplishments. Paul founded Good Eatn, a plant based healthy snack brand and a has invested in a number of other "healthier for you" products.

His production company, Ohh Dip!!! Productions, creates content across multiple platforms, and Paul has executive produced projects including Chapter 3, Crossroads, The Game Changers, Blackballed, Why Not Us: NC Central Men’s Basketball, The Day Sports Stood Still, Why Not Us: FAMU Football, Why Not Us: Southern Dance, Why Not Us: Grambling Dance, and PlayersTV’s Front Office shows.

The Chris Paul Family Foundation continues to provide resources that enrich and strengthen underserved communities across the country through its Club 61 Leadership Alliance and the accredited course HBCU Business of Entertainment Media and Sports class at NC A&T and Southern University.  

Paul co-launched the Social Change Fund United with Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony, which is dedicated to investing in and supporting organizations focused on empowering communities of color and advocating for basic human rights and liberties.  He serves on several boards including President Joe Biden's Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, College Track Advisory Board, Brotherhood Crusade Advisory Board and a number of committees.

His philanthropic efforts have been celebrated across sports and entertainment, having received 2016 ESPYs “Humanitarian of the Year” Award, 2016 Mannie Jackson Human Spirit Award and the NBA Community Assist Award five times.  Chris is also the first recipient of the Kobe and Gigi Bryant Advocacy Award for his significant contributions to the advancement of girls' and women's basketball, and advocacy for the WNBA.