Chauncey Billups: Not a bad throw-in

The Carmelo Anthony situation remains completely unresolved. Some reports have a three-team trade between the Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons and New Jersey Nets very close to being completed.

Others have the New York Knicks still in contention to land the star, with the idea that they’re Anthony’s preferable destination. But the Knicks haven’t progressed nearly as far as the Nets have in working out a trade with Denver, and it’s unclear if they can provide both the assets and savings that New Jersey can.

Most wins since 2003-04 (including postseason)
Player W L Pct
Chauncey Billups 465 226 0.673
Tim Duncan 463 201 0.697
Tony Parker 450 197 0.696
Derek Fisher 447 264 0.629
Dirk Nowitzki 436 214 0.671
Manu Ginobili 434 183 0.703
Steve Nash 427 225 0.655
Kobe Bryant 426 241 0.639
Rasheed Wallace 416 235 0.639
LeBron James 411 248 0.624
Jason Terry 411 244 0.627

Melo, in talking to ESPN, indicates that he still hasn’t really thought about a contract extension to play his next 4 1/2 seasons in Newark and Brooklyn, but that he has envisioned the possibility of helping the Nets open up the Barclays Center, just a few minutes from Red Hook, where he spent the early years of his life.

Anthony is obviously the focus of the three-team trade that the Nets are trying to pull off, but New Jersey would also be getting upgrades in their backcourt, with the additions of Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton. It’s been seven years since those two won a championship together and they’re 34 and 32 years old respectively. But they’re both proven winners.

In fact, since the 2003-04 season (when Anthony, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade entered the league) no NBA player has won more games (including postseason) than Billups.

Billups’ teams are 394-178 (.689) in the regular season and 71-48 (.597) in the postseason over the last 7 1/2 seasons.

Since he signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2000, Billups’ teams have never won less than 47 games, and he’s got a 50-win streak going back to the ’01-02 season, almost as long as the Mavs (’00-01) and Spurs (’97-98 if you don’t count the lockout-shortened ’98-99 season).

Hamilton arrived in Detroit at the same time Billups did, but missed more games and obviously wasn’t traded before things started going downhill. So he ranks 18th with 385 wins since ’03-04. Anthony ranks 33rd with 343.

Either way, it will be tough for Billups to keep his streak going. The Nuggets are currently on pace for only 47 wins this season, while the Nets are on pace for 21.


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  1. anthonay says:

    billups is never ever going to miami but he mite go to new york

  2. miamifan85 says:

    the heat should jump in this trade. give up arroyo and chamers to pick up billups. it would be nice

  3. SA,GO says:

    why not go to San Antonio? just kidding.

  4. Karl says:

    I think Melo should go to the Knicks. Nets isn´t a championship contender and never be. Knicks are playing well this season and amare,melo,felton sounds very good. Billups dont want to leave his hometown.

  5. Elias says:

    Good day my friends! It is certainly very interesting all these trade rumors and the numbers shown above. It is too bad Billups may end up moving from his home place where he might want to end his nba career. I wish him the best! On the other hand, I admire the Spurs organization for their persistence. They will go far this season! As far as Carmelo, I think he just wants to go closer to his sweetheart, not really thinking about his basketball team. He is still a youngster making mistakes. Anyway, NY may be a better destination for him to team up with Amare!

    Stay tuned!

  6. Chris says:

    No surprise, the best PG of the modern game is funnily enough the most successful PG of the modern game. Chauncey will have to go down in history as the most underrated player of all time. Let’s start keeping W/L in player’s career stats… and stats per season. It’s the only stat that matters. We go on and on about so many stats… but when a player is the best player on his team, and that team wins the most games = that player is the best player. Not the flashiest player, not the most marketable player… but the best player. If Billups hadn’t hurt his hamstring against Orlando, the Pistons would have beat the Celtics and Lakers in 2008 anyway. Billups is the definition of a PG, and one of the greatest players of all time.

  7. jokester says:

    Anthony’s a good acquisition for NJ. Billups and Hamilton have seen their best days. They’re both ready to throw in the towel! A better move for Anthony would be the Knicks,, with Stoudemire. The Knicks become an instant contender for champs. They’re already good.

  8. NBAfan says:

    check manu %, thats just sick

  9. Jake says:

    Check out the winning % of the Spurs’ Big 3. That’s what I like to see.

  10. Juan (from Argentina) says:

    hey guys, sorry to bother, but i think you got the maths wrong, 394 regular season wins, plus 66 post-season victories would make 460 total wins, wich means tim duncan is the leader with 463. Either way, that’s just details, great player who i think is being overlooked when it comes to this trade, but that could be just because he won’t be spending too much time in new jersey