Don’t overlook what Chauncey Billups can still contribute on court for the Pistons


Me at the Detroit Free Press:

For Detroit, Wallace seemed like insurance — the team was retooling and needed to add some depth to its patched-together frontcourt. Wallace, at his advanced age, surely couldn’t handle a major role and certainly couldn’t come close to the productivity of his best years in the league.

Except he did. The ‘Benaissance’ season, as it became known in the Pistons blogosphere, was one of franchise’s few bright spots over the last four years. In nearly 30 minutes per game in 2009-10, Wallace averaged 8.7 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.2 steals per game. His 54% shooting was the second-best mark of his career and, though he wasn’t the rim-protecting presence he once was, his post defense was as stellar as ever. Wallace was the best big man on the Pistons’ roster that season (not that there was much competition).

Can Chauncey Billups, also well past his prime, also coming off of a season full of injuries, have a similar revival?

Check out the full column and leave your thoughts on what Billups can offer aside from leadership in the comments.