Chauncey Billups has been out since February 7 because of a season-ending Achilles injury he suffered in a game against the Orlando Magic. There were talks that he would return around December so this return is a little surprising. Still, it’s good to see him recover fully and return to the game.
Billups was acquired by the Clippers after the New York Knicks let him go through the amnesty clause. He had reservations about joining the Clippers but was convinced by teammate and friend Chris Paul that this would be a good situation for him. He was starting at the 2-guard spot before he got hurt on that February game against the Magic. He vowed to return to the game the following season and tonight, he will make good on that vow as he makes his season debut at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Chauncey Billups has quite the pedigree. He has played for seven teams but, most notably, he played for the Detroit Pistons, where he helped the Pistons go to six straight Eastern Conference finals. They won the NBA championship in 2004 in an upset win against the Los Angeles Lakers and Billups won the NBA Finals MVP award. Billups is also a five-time all-star; he was an all-star with Detroit three times and twice with Denver. He was also named to the All-NBA 2nd team in 2006 and the All-NBA 3rd team in 2007 and 2008.
Billups has career numbers of 15.5 points and 5.5 assists per game. He averaged 15.0 points and 4.0 assists last year with the Clippers in the 20 games that he played. He is expected to start for the Clippers tonight. Willie Green had been starting for them at the shooting guard slot.