Chauncey Billups never should have been traded in the first place. In 2008, Billups, along with Antonio McDyess, was traded for Allen Iverson. However, Dumars most definitely prematurely pulled the trigger dealing him. Billups went to Denver and continued to play excellent basketball (2008-2011) as he arguably benefitted their team more than Iverson had.
Five years later, the beloved Chauncey Billups is returning to play at the Palace of Auburn Hills, where he commonly was referred to as “Mr. Bigshot.” When Billups got traded to Denver, he expressed a strong interest in finishing his career in the mile-high city. However, the five-time NBA All-Star’s wish was not granted as he later bounced around to the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers. Most of Billups’ tenure with the Clipps (2011-13) was plagued by injuries forcing him to miss months at a time.
You could not ask for much more out of Chauncey Billups in terms of both, individual accomplishments and the impact he’s had on his teams, throughout his outstanding career. Mr. Bigshot has won his fair share of awards including Finals MVP in 2004. But Billups has been a very unique player throughout his career. Although he is a five-time All-Star, Billups was never the most talented point guard in the league, but Chauncey never feared any of his competition.
In Chauncey’s best years with Detroit, he was the ultimate teammate and one of the main reasons the Pistons were successful for so long. If it weren’t for his exemplary leadership, the team never would have glued together like it did. Billups made sure everyone was comfortable and playing their role, not only on the court, but in the locker room. Billups was a class act and a role model for the city. Other than coming through in the clutch and nailing huge shots, that is why the fans of Detroit love him.
Focusing more on Billups’ style of play with the Pistons, Chauncey has always been known as a shoot-first point guard. But at the same time, Chauncey still knows how to be one of the most unselfish players in the league. Billups had the skill-set as well as the personality to always keep his teammates satisfied.
Not to mention, CB’s return to Motor City is going to sell a few extra tickets this season. Chauncey Billups’ comeback story to the Detroit Pistons is a thing of beauty. I think just about everyone in town is thrilled to have him back where he belongs.
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