Locked On Pistons – A Chauncey Billups breakdown

AUBURN HILLS, MI - MAY 26: Chauncey Billups
AUBURN HILLS, MI - MAY 26: Chauncey Billups /

On the day before free agency, I gave a primer on what to expect from the Detroit Pistons’ free agents. I also did a breakdown of Mr. Big Shot himself.

Free agency was a common thread for Locked On Pistons during the run up to July 1st, so on Free Agency Eve I did a quick breakdown of what to expect from your Detroit Pistons‘ free agents going forward. The Pistons have cap holds for Aron Baynes, Reggie Bullock, Beno Udrih and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, all of whom are now free agents.

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Naturally, not all of these free agents have similar situations, so I explained what likely lies ahead for each.

I also had the privilege of doing a breakdown on Chauncey Billups, thanks to a listener’s request. Chauncey was (and is) my favorite player, so it was a pleasure to dig into some numbers and tell the tale of how Mr. Big Shot came to be.

While he didn’t have great success in final game-winning shots, going just 6-for-37 over his seven year Pistons career (we’ll disregard 2013-14), nobody was better in the clutch for the greater part of a decade than Chauncey.

The Pistons were huge winners in clutch situations, way overperforming relative to their clutch expectation, and it was thanks to Chauncey Billups’ near-perfect performance late in tight games. For seven years, the team relied on Chauncey to carry them in big moments and on the biggest stages, and for seven years Chauncey obliged.

Give it a listen, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it together.