Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan make the Los Angeles Clippers one of the most talented teams in the league.
Chauncey Billups is the one that makes this team legitimate.
He’s been in the postseason every year since 2001—an amazing feat if you think about it—especially considering he’s been on four different teams during that span. And as someone who’s won an NBA championship, Billups provides that veteran leadership in the clubhouse and calming influence on the floor.
Just ask Griffin.
“At all times you can look to [Billups] and he knows exactly what he wants to do and what we should do,” Griffin said after the team’s latest win against Dallas. “So for us the younger guys, we're trying to learn from him.”
I’d say the 6-8 New York Knicks regret using their amnesty clause on Billups right about now—they’re struggling to find a team identity and are still on the hook for about $10 million of his salary this season.
But one team’s trash is another team’s treasure, and Billups is a perfect fit for the dynamic of this Clippers team.