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How Many Championship Rings Does Chris Paul Have?

Written by: Christian Jope
Published August 28, 2023
8 min read

Chris Paul owns zero NBA Championship rings. Despite a brilliant career yet to conclude, Paul still needs to capitalize on his success and win his first NBA Championship. With a career spanning since the 2005-06 NBA season, Paul's window for winning an NBA Championship ring is closing.

Beyond his lack of NBA Championship success, Chris Paul remains one of NBA history's most outstanding point guards. Besides being one of the league's best-ever playmakers, Paul is one of the NBA's all-time steals leaders. While he lacks the ultimate prize of an NBA Championship ring, Paul remains one of the NBA's greatest players.

Chris Paul NBA Championship Rings

Chris Paul Career Profile, Awards, & Accomplishments

Name: Christopher Emmanuel Paul

Position: Point Guard

Height: 6-0 (175 cm) 

Weight: 175 lbs (79 kg)

School: Wake Forest

Draft: New Orleans Hornets (4th Pick, 4th Overall, 2005)

  • NBA All-Star (2008-16, 2020-22)
  • NBA All-Star Game MVP (2013)
  • All-NBA First Team (2008, 2012-14)
  • All-NBA Second Team (2009, 2015-16, 2020-21)
  • All-NBA Third Team (2011, 2022)
  • NBA All-Defensive First Team (2009, 2012-17)
  • NBA All-Defensive Second Team (2008, 2011)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (2006)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2006)
  • NBA Assists Leader (2008-09, 2014-15, 2022)
  • NBA Steals Leader (2008-09, 2011-14)

2021: Phoenix Suns

SeasonRecordOff RtgDef RtgPTSREBASTSTLBLKFG%/FGM3P%/3PM
2020-2151-21117.2111.3115.342.926.97.24.3.490/43.3.378/13.1
League Rank2nd (West)5th9th7th23rd3rd19th25th2nd/2nd7th/13th

The 2020-21 NBA season was Chris Paul's best chance at winning an NBA Championship. After being traded from Oklahoma City to Phoenix in exchange for a package surrounding Ricky Rubio and Kelly Oubre Jr., Paul had one of his most participated seasons and led the Phoenix Suns to the NBA Finals. While he eventually failed to earn his first NBA Championship ring, his and the Suns' performance is still worth recognizing.

Chris Paul was excellent through the 2020-21 NBA season, averaging 16.4 points, 8.9 assists, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.4 steals per game on 49.9% shooting from the field and 39.5% from three. He, along with the efforts of Devin Booker and DeAndre Ayton, led the Suns to second in the West while earning another NBA All-Star appearance.

Paul's Suns went 12-4 through the Western Conference Playoffs, eventually eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA Finals. Chris Paul stepped up through the post-season, averaging 19.2 points and 8.6 assists on 49.7% from the field and 44.6% from three. Despite his brilliant performance with the Suns, Paul once again fell short.

Comparing Paul's Rings to the Winningest Players in NBA History

Chris Paul has zero NBA Championship rings, so he is at the bottom of the barrel regarding comparisons with other champions. Plenty of NBA Champions are less decorated throughout their career, but Paul ultimately needs more achievement to rank him among the best.

PlayerNo. of RingsYears WonTeam(s)
Bill Russell111957, 1959-69Boston Celtics
Sam Jones101959-66, 1968-69Boston Celtics
Robert Horry71994-95, 2000-2002, 2005, 2007Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar61971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers
Michael Jordan61991-93, 1996-98Chicago Bulls
Scottie Pippen61991-93, 1996-98Chicago Bulls
Magic Johnson51980, 1982, 1985, 1987-88Los Angeles Lakers
Tim Duncan51999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014San Antonio Spurs
Kobe Bryant52000-02, 2009-10Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James42012-13, 2016, 2020Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers
Chris Paul0n/aNew Orleans Hornets, LA Clippers, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder, Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors

Chris Paul's NBA Finals Appearances Compared to NBA Legends

Throughout Chris Paul's 18-year NBA career, he reached the NBA Finals once. It took until his 16th professional season to reach the NBA Finals, despite his years of success. While Paul's statistical accomplishments place him among some of the best in NBA history, he hasn't gotten to the Finals nearly as often as the company he keeps.

PlayerFinals AppearancesYearTeam(s)
Bill Russell121957, 1959-66, 1968-69Boston Celtics
Sam Jones111958-1966, 1968-1969Boston Celtics
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar101971, 1974, 1980, 1982-1989Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James102007, 2011-2014, 2015-2018, 2020Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers

Tom Heinsohn

9

1957-1965

Boston Celtics

Magic Johnson

9

1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1991

Los Angeles Lakers
Jerry West9

1962-1966, 1968-1970

Los Angeles Lakers

Frank Ramsey

8

1957-1964

Boston Celtics
K. C. Jones81959-1966Boston Celtics
John Havlicek81963-1966, 1968-1969, 1974, 1976Boston Celtics
Bob Cousy71957-1963Boston Celtics
Robert Horry71994-1995, 2000-2002, 2005-2007Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs
Kobe Bryant72000-2002 2004, 2008-2010Los Angeles Lakers
James Worthy61984-1985, 1987-1989, 1991Los Angeles Lakers 
Michael Jordan61991-1993, 1996-1998Chicago Bulls
Scottie Pippen61991-1993, 1996-1998Chicago Bulls
Shaquille O'Neal61995, 2000-2002, 2004, 2006Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat
Tim Duncan61999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014San Antonio Spurs
Tony Parker52003, 2005, 2007, 2013, 2014San Antonio Spurs
Larry Bird51981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987Boston Celtics
Chris Paul12021Phoenix Suns

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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.

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