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Playoff Push: Chauncey Billups

What is the No. 1 thing Chauncey Billups can do to step up and help the Pistons make the playoffs?

Stay healthy

Rodney Stuckey is a poor fit when the Pistons have Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond on the court and only an OK fit when Kyle Singler rather than Luigi Datome plays small forward with a two-big lineup. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is behind where many hoped he’d be. Kyle Singler is straining his versatility to fit into the backcourt.

Billups, who missed 106 games the last two seasons, very well could be the Pistons’ best shooting guard option – as long as he can play.

Obviously, injuries aren’t always avoidable, especially for 37-year-olds. But anything Billups can do to keep his body in prime shape could go a long way.

-Dan Feldman

Be old, just not super old

General consensus is that Billups is back in Detroit more for symbolic/leadership/unquantifiable intangibles that hacky sportswriters love type of reasons than for anything he might contribute on the court. Unfortunately, the Pistons can’t shoot, and Billups can. So, if he stays healthy enough to be a competent perimeter threat in limited minutes, his signing will be worth it.

-Patrick Hayes

Mentor

Even if Billups starts – which sounds increasingly – he won’t play as much as a typical starter, which is fine. Billups can contribute more by molding Brandon Jennings into a better point guard. Although Jennings is already seasoned, he still room to grow for him, and Billups can help by sharing his wisdom.

-Jameson Draper

Retake his never-filled throne as a leader

Among the laundry list of problems faced by this team in recent seasons, a lack leadership ranks near the top. There have been veteran players throughout that time, but none have been the locker-room leaders Detroit needed. Though his outside shooting will probably hold up, Billups might not have much left physically. But leadership doesn’t fade with age.

- Brady Fredericksen

5 Comments

  • Oct 27, 20137:44 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    “6th Man”

    We need him more off the bench than in the atarting line up 

    • Oct 28, 20138:51 am
      by tarsier

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      How so? It’s the starting lineup that is expected to have the most spacing issues.

      • Oct 28, 20139:52 am
        by Some Dude

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        If KCP is the starting 2, with Billups behind him, that would work just fine. Either way, Billups won’t get huge minutes, so KCP will be on the court. It comes down to KCP/Singler/Stuckey at the starting 2. It really should be KCP, because Singler can’t defend that position well enough and Stuckey just can’t shoot. Stuckey is better served as a reserve.

        • Oct 28, 20133:07 pm
          by tarsier

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          So far, KCP has been a worse shooter than Stuckey. I don’t expect that to continue, but he’s stacked up enough nights of bricks that I need some more evidence before I believe that he is actually a decent shooter.

  • Oct 28, 20132:48 pm
    by Quin

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    I just want him to come back as coach next season. Next … season.

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