Billups makes the case why he, Ben Wallace and Rip Hamilton belong in the Hall of Fame

The Pistons of the 2000’s had a lot of success. They won an NBA title in 2004. They made it back to the NBA Finals in 2005 before losing to the Spurs and had a run of six straight conference finals appearances.

The next question for some of stars of those teams is which guys belong in the Hall of Fame. Rip Hamilton, Chauncey Billups, and Ben Wallace are all eligible for the Hall of Fame this year.

Chauncey Billups, who was a Finals’ MVP in 2004, believes that himself, Hamilton, and Wallace should all be in the Hall of Fame.

The case for himself(Billups):

“Being drafted the third-pick in the Draft, and really falling off after that, not having a good three or four years. Kind of falling off the map, almost being considered a bust at that point, and to get off the mat, at that point, and turn it all the way around and climb all the way to the top of the mountain. I think it’s Hall of Fame worthy,” Billups told TMZ Sports.

The case for Rip Hamilton:

“I think Rip’s a unique case as well because his game wasn’t sexy. He’s going to run all over the place. He’s going to shoot mid-range jump shots, he’s not really out there dunking on people, but like you said, he’s the instant 20 points a game scorer,” Billups said. “He was our go-to guy a lot of times, and he won. He won on the collegiate level (1999), he won in the NBA, so I think there’s a case to be made for Rip.”

The case for Ben Wallace:

“I think Ben is the easiest case out of all three of us, to be honest with you. Ben is a guy if look at (Dikembe)Mutombo’s stats, Dennis Rodman’s stats those are kind of his comparables. Ben should of been a first-ballot Hall of Famer,” Billups said. “This dude was lights out. He’s 6’7, they say he’s 6’9, he’s 6’7. He weighed probably 225, 230, and he banging with all these dudes every single night. Winning that match-up (against) Shaq; all of them he’s winning them match-ups most of the time. I think Ben Wallace is a Hall of Famer for sure!”

I think out of three, I agree with Billups, Wallace is the easiest case to be made. Wallace won the DPOY award four times, 4x All-Star, and won an NBA title in 2004. I think Wallace has done enough.

Regarding Billups and Hamilton, I believe they belong in the Hall of the Very Good. They had good runs with the Pistons, but neither player never was First–Team All NBA, and neither guy was the best at their position at any point in their careers.

Billups and Hamilton had very good careers, but they were never great. I think they fall short, but I would not be surprised if Billups gets in.

Chauncey Billups: ‘If I was Lonzo, I would call Kevin Martin’

Los Angeles Lakers rookie guard Lonzo Ball came into the NBA with so much fanfare. While Ball has had some solid moments this season, he continues to struggle with his shot.

Coming into Friday’s action, Ball is shooting 30% from the field, including 23% from downtown.

Former NBA star and current ESPN analyst Chauncey Billups believes Ball should reach out to a former NBA player to help his shooting:

“If I was Lonzo, I would call Kevin Martin. He was a guy in our league who had like this funky shot, but he could shoot the hell out of it, and he could get it off as well,” Billups told TMZ Sports. “I would call a guy like him who could maybe speak to having to try to figure out getting that shot off.”

“He was nice. He averaged like 20 a game, but he had a funky shot. So, if I was Zo, I would reach out to guys like that to maybe help him,” Billups said.

Billups thinks if Martin does not reach out to Martin, Ball should think about changing his shot:

 “In my opinion, I think he needs to reach out to Kevin because otherwise you gotta change your entire shot. He been shooting a certain way for 15 years. That’s tough to do,” Billups explained.

Kevin Martin might be the perfect guy. Martin, who played 14 years in the NBA, averaged over 20 ppg seven times in his career, so Billups might be on to something when he tells Ball to reach out to Martin.

Will Ball change his shot? Will he reach out to Kevin Martin? I think if he continues to struggle he probably should give both of those things some thought.

 

 

Report: Chauncey Billups will not take Cavs’ job

Chauncey Billups has decided not to take the job of president of basketball operations for the Cavaliers, according to ESPN.

Cleveland is still looking to replace former GM David Griffin who was fired by the team in June. 

On Sunday, Billups made his BIG3 debut in Charlotte. After the game, Billups addressed his situation with the Cavaliers.

Here is what he had to say on Sunday:

 

Is Chauncey Billups to Cleveland official?

There has been a lot of speculation over the past couple days about ESPN basketball analyst and former NBA star Chauncey Billups heading to the Cavaliers front office after the dismissal of GM David Griffin on Monday.

Well, it looks like it might have happened. TMZ Sports caught up with ICE CUBE today, and when asked who was the favorite to win the BIG3, CUBE dropped this little nugget:

“It was the Killer 3’s for a minute, since Chauncey took that job it might change.”

So, is it official? Is Billups headed to Cleveland?

According to reports, Billups met with Cavs Owner Dan Gilbert on Tuesday. Maybe that meeting went well.

Maybe we should expect to hear something soon?