Wednesday night, the Detroit Pistons retired the jersey of former point guard Chauncey Billups. The ceremony took place during halftime of the Pistons’ 103-92 loss to Billups’ hometown Denver Nuggets. Nicknamed “Mr. Big Shot”, Billups lead the Pistons to six consecutive Eastern Conference Finals appearances from 2003-2008, including two consecutive NBA Finals appearances from 2004-2005, defeating the Los Angeles Lakers in 2004 with Billups winning Finals MVP.
Billups’ journey from the University of Colorado to NBA Champion and Motor City legend began as anything but a joyride. Billups played for four different teams after being drafted third overall in the 1997 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. After a career resurgence playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves from 2000-2002, Billups signed with the Pistons as a free agent. He chose to wear the number 1 as he saw his signing with the Pistons as his one shot to continue his career in the NBA. It is apparent that “Mr. Big Shot” made his last one his best.Up to 70% off on Hottest Amazon Deals]