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Chauncey Billups led the Pistons to an NBA championship, and six-consecutive playoff runs to at least the conference finals.
When Chauncey Billups signed with the Pistons as a free agent in 2002, it was his sixth team in as many seasons. He missed significant portions of the 1998-99 and 1999-00 seasons, and it seemed like he would never live up to the expectations that came with being the No. 3 overall pick in the 1997 draft.
Instead, he played in at least 70 games in each of his six full seasons with the Pistons, averaging over 16 points per game each year (his previous career high had been 13.9).
Billups' first season with Detroit marked their first trip to the Eastern Conference finals in twelve years, but it was just the beginning of the success he would have with the Pistons. They never failed to make the conference finals in his tenure with the team.
The highlight of his career was the 2004 NBA Finals victory over the Lakers, a performance that earned him MVP honors. He averaged 21 points and 5.2 assists per game during the series, shooting 51 percent from the field.
Billups made three All-Star teams with the Pistons (2006-08), and was named to All-NBA teams in 2006 and 2007. He has hit the second-most three-pointers in Pistons history (876), and also ranks among the top 10 in assists and made free throws.
He signed a two-year deal in free agency to re-join the team, giving him the opportunity to move up those leaderboards and retire a Piston.