Career: Wake Forest (USA-NCAA, 2003-05), New Orleans Hornets (USA-NBA, 2005-08).
Chris Paul is the kid of point guard that keeps opposing coaches up at night trying to figure out a way to contain him. Lightning quick, he can drive to the hoop anytime, anyway. He has been the leader of the New Orleans Hornets since he was the No. 4 pick of the 2005 Draft and that was no clearer than this past season. Leading the upstart Hornets to 17 more wins then they compiled in 2006-07, with Paul at the helm New Orleans compiled a 56-26 record, won the Southwest Division title, and advanced to the second round of the 2008 NBA Playoffs. As a 20-year-old NBA rookie he was tagged the 2005-06 Rookie of the Year and just two years later he collected 2008 All-NBA First Team honors after averaging career highs of 21.1 points, 11.6 assists, 2.7 steals, and 4.0 rebounds a game. Ranked first overall in 2007-08 in the NBA in assists and steals per game, CP also ranked second in double-doubles (56); and third in efficiency ranking (27.89). By leading the NBA in assists and steals, he became the first player since Hall of Fame guard John Stockton in 1992 to head the NBA in both categories in the same season. Although he was the second youngest member of the 2006 USA bronze medalist World Championship Team, CP posted a team leading 4.9 assists a game, and added 7.0 points and 3.4 rebounds. He closed out the 2006 Worlds ranked first in assists-to-turnovers ratio, third in assists and tied for ninth in steals. His participation on the USA squad in 2007 was prevented after he had surgery on his left foot. It seems surgery might be the only way to slow this phenom down.