Billups Moves up 3-Point List
Eric Patten, | 1/23/12

Its a common understanding that Chauncey Billups makes shots. You dont get the nickname Mr. Big Shot for nothing. But Billups, a 15-year veteran, is fast becoming one of the most prolific shot-makers in league history.

On Friday, as the Clippers fell, somewhat ironically, on a buzzer beater by Kevin Love, Billups quietly moved past Peja Stojakovic into fourth place all-time in 3-pointers made.

Considering the stakes riding on plays hes made in the past, a regular season game in January likely didnt garner much of a rise from anyone watching Billups. Just two days earlier, he took a handoff from Blake Griffin and drilled a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.0 seconds remaining to defeat the Dallas Mavericks.

The Top 5

As of Jan. 29, 2012

  • Ray Allen - 2,647
  • Reggie Miller - 2,560
  • Jason Kidd - 1,809
  • Chauncey Billups - 1,762
  • Peja Stojakovic - 1,760
Its why hes here, Clippers head coach Vinny Del Negro said after the game. Its why we wanted him.

The secret to doing what he does, according to Billups, is having a short memory. Against the Mavericks, for example, he struggled from the field, shooting 6-of-18 until the final shot, yet still had the confidence to knock it down. He brings that same mentality to all facets of his game. Shortly after the Clippers knocked off the defending champs, Billups, who was the Finals MVP in 2004 with the Pistons, said, Its a great win, but its over with.

Much like after the Clippers fell by 29 the night before in Utah, he said the loss was washed off in the shower.

3-Point Rate Among Top 5

(makes per minutes played)

  • Stojakovic - 15.3
  • Allen - 15.6
  • Billups - 18.2
  • Miller - 18.6
  • Kidd - 26.0
Its been a well-documented and hard-fought road for Billups, who has played for seven different teams, including his hometown Denver Nuggets twice. He did not average more than 30 minutes per game for a full 82-game schedule until 2002-03, his first year with Pistons. Yet since 2001, Billups has managed at least 100 makes from downtown.

He made a career-high nine with the Nuggets at Staples Center last season in a win over the Lakers. And in his 12 games since arriving in Los Angeles as a Clipper, hes made 28 of 75, including the big one against the Mavericks.

On Sunday, as the Clippers rolled past the Toronto Raptors, Billups made one from beyond the arc to bring his career total to 1,763. He also chipped in 14 assists, his most since Dec. 2008 when he equaled that number as a member of the Nuggets.