One word to describe Chauncey Billups in this year's playoffs: Leader
Billups has taken the Denver Nuggets to new heights. Just one year ago, the Nuggets had another dissapointing first round exit. They looked like a team that was not even close to be championship contending.
Then came the deal that sent Billups to Denver and their whole makeup shifted. Under Billups veteran leadership, the Nuggets have exploded to the Western Conference Finals for a highly anticipated matchup with the Lakers.
Not only has Billups helped his team, he has elevated his play to another level in the playoffs. He is posting 22 PPG, 7.3 assists, and 1.2 steals to go along with an outstanding 54.1 percent mark from beyond the arc and a near-perfect 96 percent from the free throw line.
His 22 PPG is a four-point improvement from the regular season and his 54 percent from the three-point line is a 13 percent increase from the regular season.
Billups is the primary reason the Nuggets have advanced this far.