BILLUPS IS THE RIGHT LEADER FOR THIS TEAM
We seem to have moved on to a debate about whether Chauncey Billups is the right point guard for the Pistons.
My answer is yes.
My fear is will he continue to be when his mentor Larry Brown leaves at the end of the season as Pistons coach.
Brown has done a masterful job of turning Billups into a talented but unproductive point guard into someone who feels games and makes good decisions. Now is he the classic point guard like John Stockton or Eric Snow? Of course not.
There are few of those guys left in the league. My definition of a point guard is someone who makes his teammates better and sets them up. Billups does that.
He feeds the scoring machine of Rip Hamilton and he knows who is hot and who is cold and makes decisions appropriately.
However, Billups realizes the Pistons lack a lot of scoring options. Ben Wallace is not a scorer so that leaves him with three options to go to on the floor. This team turns unproductive offensively and when that happens Billups allows his first instincts to take over.
The dude can score and he has made some of the most classic drives down the lane I've seen in a while.
You are right. He is a scoring guard playing point.
He does not do the right thing all the time. But he does the right thing enough times.
Remember he was the Most Valuable Player of the 2004 NBA Finals. And as it stands now he is the Pistons MVP of this series.
The dude is not perfect. But in today's game, he is good enough for me.