Should the Detroit Pistons have another player in the Hall of Fame? One publication thinks so.
Basketball Network has released a list of the Best NBA Players who are still not in the Hall of Fame. They have broken down their list of seven players into two different categories, Champions and known stars, and The rest of the pack. The Detroit Pistons had a former floor general headlining the Champions and known stars group who deserves to be inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame.
Detroit Pistons: Chauncey Billups should be in the Hall of Fame
"“Known as “Mr. Big Shot”, Chauncey Billups was crucial in the Detroit Pistons’ surprising championship run in 2004. During his time in the Association, he was named to five NBA All-Star teams and was named NBA Finals MVP. AS his nickname suggests, Billups was known for his clutch performances, and his leadership qualities set him apart.”"
On the toes of former Piston Andre Drummond’s Hall of Fame claim, Basketball Network suggesting that Chauncey Billups ought to be in the HoF is a breath of fresh air. As noted in BN’s reasoning, Chauncey made incredible changes to the landscape of the NBA, and even more importantly, to the Detroit Pistons. Mr. Big Shot led Detroit back to relevance in the early 2000’s, eventually bringing Detroit back to the promised land and concluding with his Finals MVP. Chauncey had offensive, defensive, and leadership skills that changed the franchise and created the Goin’ to Work culture.
Outside of being a player, Chauncey has made a mark in front offices as well. In 2020, Billups began his front-office career when Ty Lou of the LA Clippers hired him as an assistant head coach. After just one season in LA, Chauncey was hired as the Portland Trail Blazers head coach. Even if he is still working to find his footing as a head coach, having missed the playoffs in both his two seasons, his players firmly believe in him. All-star point guard Dame Lillard said of Chauncey not being in the Hall of Fame, “How can he not be in the Hall of Fame? Everywhere he went, he won… He’s done everything. Why Not?”