Wednesday, February 8, 2012

mr. big shot

L.A. Clippers guard Chauncy Billups has never gotten the recognition he deserves. Since he came into the NBA in '97, he's played for 7 different teams, including two stints with the Nuggets. For his career, his per game averages: 15.5 points, 5.5 assists, 1.0 steals. He's shot 41.6% from the field, 38.9% from three-point range, and 89.4% from the line.

Not jaw-dropping stats. But there's a reason why they call the guy "Mr. Big Shot." There's a reason why he's a 5-time all-star. There's a reason why teams end up mourning the day when they let Chauncy Billups go.

How did that work out for ya, Detroit, when you gave up Billups to Denver for Allen Iverson?

How much did Denver miss their home-town kid after they sent him to the Knicks?

Where are the Knicks now after letting Billups go? Think they've been enjoying watching Billups lead the Pacific Division-leading Clippers?

Unfortunately, none of us will get to see Billups with the Clippers for the rest of this season. Billups suffered a torn Achilles' tendon and he's out for the season.

The 35 year-old Billups vows to return from this injury, but this is a tough one. If he ever plays significant minutes in the NBA again, or even if he ever makes a roster again, it would be a remarkable come-back, to say the least.

Billups was the 2004 NBA Finals MVP with the Pistons, and since he left, they've never been the same. One of the best guards to ever play the game.

Nice haircut, too.

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