Detroit Pistons fans were intrigued with some of the offseason transactions that took place with the team. A very popular signing was that of Chauncey Billups, who will turn 37 later this month.
The signing was probably more for sentimental seasons and to make amends with Billups for the unpopular decision to trade him five seasons ago. The Pistons are banking on the hope Billups will be more injury-free than he was with the Los Angeles Clippers over the past two seasons, in which he’s seen action in a combined 42 games. That’s not a very impressive stat.
Last season, Billups averaged 8.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game. That’s obviously a far cry from his heyday when Billups was averaging in high double figures per game in scoring. The year he left Detroit for the Denver Nuggets five seasons ago was one of Billups’ better seasons with 19.5 points per game.
If he stays healthy, the Pistons know that Billups can give them some good minutes.
The team will have a very smart, seasoned player. He knows what to do with the ball, and doesn’t make bad decisions with it. They know they can trust him based on his previous numbers, and everything depends on how healthy he can stay during the season.
If he’s able to play most of the games for Detroit, Billups will be a huge asset, though he will not be as valuable as other players like Andre Drummond, Brandon Jennings, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith. If he doesn’t stay healthy, he will be of minor importance for Detroit.