Damian Lillard doesn’t understand Chauncey Billups not being in the Hall of Fame

Dirk Nowitzki, Dwyane Wade, Pau Gasol, Tony Parker and Gregg Popovich. Here are the names that could be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer, August. A great cuvee to which some graduates from recent years can be added, such as Shawn Marion, Michael Cooper or Chauncey Billups.

For Damian Lillard, his entry into the basketball pantheon is obvious due to this last name. He doesn’t envision his coach being overlooked among the elite again.

“How could he not be in the Hall of Fame? », Claims Portland All-Star for Andscape. “He won everywhere he went. He won an NBA title, was Finals MVP. Five-time All-Star, won the World Cup. He did it all. So why not? »

Damian Lillard’s question is valid because Chauncey Billups has been a candidate for the Hall of Fame since 2018, but he never made it past the final step. As we know, the voting system is opaque, the names and preferences of secret voters are never justified.

An anomaly for a former Finals MVP

Just as Tracy McGrady, Grant Hill, even Tim Hardaway and Yao Ming have been able to enter the basketball pantheon lately, Chauncey Billups logically has every chance. In 2023?

“I’m honored to see my name in the Hall of Fame discussion” the former Detroit and Denver quarterback responded. “My background is truly unique and I am very proud of my career. What I get can never be refunded. Who knows what the future holds? It would be huge for me to be selected and it would show me that the people in the Hall of Fame understand basketball and recognize my impact. I’ve never been a statistical player, I’ve been an impact player. »

Proof that his absence still matters: he’s the only Finals MVP since Cedric Maxwell (1981 with Detroit enshrined in 2004) who might not be in the Hall of Fame. .

Chauncey Billups Percent It bounces
The season Team GM Minimum Shots 3 points LF Turn off Def Early p.d party Int bp CT Points
1997-98* All Teams 80 28 37.4 32.9 85.0 0.8 1.6 2.4 3.9 2.2 1.3 2.2 0.1 11.2
1997-98* BOS 51 25 39.0 33.9 81.7 0.8 1.4 2.2 4.3 2.3 1.5 2.3 0.0 11.1
1997-98* TOR 29 32 34.9 31.6 91.9 0.8 1.9 2.7 3.3 1.9 1.0 1.9 0.1 11.3
1998-99 DEN 45 33 38.6 36.2 91.3 0.5 1.6 2.1 3.8 2.6 1.3 2.2 0.3 13.9
1999-00 DEN 13 24 33.7 17.1 84.1 0.6 2.0 2.6 3.0 2.1 0.8 1.9 0.2 8.6
2000-01 MIN 77 23 42.2 37.6 84.2 0.4 1.6 2.1 3.4 2.3 0.7 1.4 0.1 9.3
2001-02 MIN 82 29 42.3 39.4 88.5 0.4 2.3 2.8 5.5 2.1 0.8 1.7 0.2 12.5
2002-03 TED 74 31 42.1 39.2 87.8 0.5 3.2 3.7 3.9 1.8 0.9 1.8 0.2 16.2
2003-04 TED 78 35 39.4 38.8 87.8 0.5 3.1 3.5 5.7 2.3 1.1 2.4 0.1 16.9
2004-05 TED 80 36 44.2 42.6 89.8 0.6 2.8 3.4 5.8 2.4 1.0 2.3 0.1 16.5
2005-06 TED 81 36 41.8 43.3 89.4 0.5 2.6 3.1 8.6 2.0 0.9 2.1 0.1 18.5
2006-07 TED 70 36 42.7 34.5 88.3 0.3 3.1 3.4 7.2 2.3 1.2 2.0 0.2 17.0
2007-08 TED 78 32 44.8 40.1 91.8 0.5 2.2 2.7 6.8 1.7 1.3 2.1 0.2 17.0
2008-09* All Teams 79 35 41.8 40.8 91.3 0.4 2.6 3.0 6.4 2.0 1.2 2.2 0.2 17.7
2008-09* DEN 77 35 42.0 41.0 91.3 0.4 2.6 3.0 6.4 2.1 1.2 2.3 0.2 17.9
2008-09* TED 2 35 33.3 28.6 90.0 0.5 4.5 5.0 7.5 1.5 1.5 2.0 0.5 12.5
2009-10 DEN 73 34 41.8 38.6 91.0 0.3 2.8 3.1 5.6 2.1 1.1 2.4 0.1 19.6
2010-11* All Teams 72 32 42.7 40.2 91.6 0.4 2.3 2.6 5.4 2.0 1.0 2.5 0.2 16.8
2010-11* DEN 51 32 43.8 44.1 92.3 0.2 2.2 2.5 5.3 1.8 1.0 2.5 0.2 16.5
2010-11* NYK 21 32 40.3 32.8 90.2 0.6 2.5 3.1 5.5 2.5 0.9 2.3 0.1 17.5
2011-12 LAKE 20 30 36.4 38.4 89.5 0.2 2.3 2.5 4.0 2.0 0.5 1.9 0.2 15.0
2012-13 LAKE 22 19 40.2 36.7 93.8 0.1 1.4 1.5 2.2 1.1 0.6 1.2 0.1 8.4
2013-14 TED 19 16 30.4 29.2 83.3 0.2 1.3 1.5 2.2 1.3 0.4 1.3 0.1 3.8
General 1043 32 41.5 38.7 89.4 0.5 2.4 2.9 5.4 2.1 1.0 2.1 0.2 15.2

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