Last season it was a homecoming for Chauncey Billups to the Detroit Pistons. He played the role of mentor to the young point guards and many thought he would move on to an assistant coaching role or even front office. Chauncey Billups’ career with the Detroit Pistons seems to be over.
Report: Chauncey Billups a real possibility to make Cleveland Cavaliers roster http://t.co/BfYaYXLD2e
— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) August 15, 2014
Billups has done some team hopping in his career, but will largely be remembered as a Detroit Piston. In his 6 years in Detroit he took to the Pistons to 6 straight conference finals appearances, two NBA Finals appearances, and won an NBA Championship. He was also an All-Star three times.
The last few teams Billups has played for, New York, Los Angeles and Detroit, he’s been a role player at best, mostly seen as a leader on the floor and the perfect mentor for up and coming guards.
The Cavs are seeing the same thing, a veteran leader that has a lot of playoff, and even NBA Finals experience. Cleveland currently have two point guards on the roster; Kyrie Irving and Matthew Dellevedova. Irving is 22, Dellevedova is 23. Billups could be a fantastic addition to teach two young point guards what it takes to win.
The Cavs have a very young and untried roster, but very promising. Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson will be major contributors to Cleveland’s rotation this season, and neither of them have played a single playoff game. Chauncey Billups will not only be able to teach his fellow point guards what it takes to win, but will be able to help LeBron James in teaching and educating the rest of a young roster.
Cameron Wilkosz – @cavaliercam13