Chauncey Billups Photo History
January 1, 2012
Chauncey Billups had played for four different teams by his fourth season. Detroit became his fifth in the summer of 2002. Though Billups has worn numbers 3, 4 and now 7, hell always be remembered for 1.
Masons familiar refrain: 'The Captain, from the mile high city of Denver and the University of Colorado, he wears the Piston 1, in the home red, blue and white tonight - the six-THREE, Chaun-CEY B-B-Billups!'
While Pistons fans already adored Ben Wallace (3), who arrived two years earlier, they quickly embraced Billups as well. This photo is from their second preseason game together on Oct. 10, 2002.
Before he had to wear the mask, Rip Hamilton (32) always felt safe playing alongside Billups. They became the first tandem in NBA history to lead their team in scoring six straight seasons.
Billups goes up for two against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 6 of the 2003 East semifinals. The Pistons won, 93-89, to clinch their first conference finals berth since the Bad Boys.
Billups may not have had a tougher adversary during his Pistons tenure than the Nets Jason Kidd, pictured here in 2007. The two squared off in 11 Eastern Conference finals games between 2003 and 04.
In Game 1 of the 2004 NBA Finals, Billups scored 22 points on 8-of-14 shooting to stun the favored Lakers in Los Angeles, 87-75.
The Lakers could only stand and watch as Billups, who scored 23 points, and the Pistons ran away with Game 4 and a 3-1 series lead.
Celebrating the Pistons third NBA championship, Billups raises the MVP Finals trophy. Billups was only the second player - after Joe Dumars - to be named Finals MVP before he was an All-Star.
Billups presents President George W. Bush with a Pistons jersey during the teams White House visit.
Never afraid to give up his body, Billups went airborne against the Miami Heat in their 2005 second-round series. The Pistons won in seven games.
Billups scored 25 points in his return to the NBA Finals in 2005, getting past 03 Finals MVP Tim Duncan. The Spurs won the first two games at San Antonio.
After routing the Spurs at The Palace in Game 3, Billups spray painted the scorers table, signifying the three remaining victories to defend their championship. They would come up one short, losing in Game 7 at San Antonio.
Billups made his first NBA All-Star appearance in 2006 - and he was far from alone. Joined by Rasheed Wallace, Ben Wallace and Richard Hamilton, the Pistons had four All-Stars for the first time in franchise history.
Billups led the team in free-throw shooting percentage every season. He made 2,326 of 2,608 attempts - a remarkable 89.2 percent, far and away the best mark in franchise history by players with at least 2,000 attempts.
Billups skies past Miamis Gary Payton for two of his 18 points in Game 2 of the 2006 Eastern Conference finals. Billups, who also had eight assists, helped Detroit tie the series at a game apiece.
One of the most NBAs most charitable players, Billups and Antonio McDyess arrived unannounced at a Pontiac church in November 2007 to pass out Thanksgiving Day meals to needy families.
Billups was not the quickest defender - hes never averaged 2.0 steals per game in a season - but his strength and savvy positioning made him tough to get by. He was twice named to the All-Defense second team, in 2005 and 2006.
Billups caps a historic relay between members of the Pistons All-Time team on April 9, 2008. 'This is a very, very special night for us,' Billups said. 'As a member of the current team, I can tell you we are definitely not done yet trying to build this.'
Billups, at his charity golf event in Birmingham in July 2008, said he wasnt bothered by trade rumors. 'I love Detroit, man, everything about it. That doesnt change, man,' he said. 'Its just a little adversity going on.'
Billups sits on the bench with the player look-a-likes taking part in the Kids Opening Night on Nov. 1, 2008. It would turn out to be Billups last game as a Piston.
Billups left his mark on the Pistons record book. He ranks second in 3-pointers behind Joe Dumars and fourth in assists behind Isiah Thomas, Dumars and Dave Bing.