Denver Nuggets

Chauncey Billups or Jose Calderon?

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Hot Stove New YorkSenior Writer IOctober 2, 2009

Fantasy Face-Off: Chauncey Billups or Jose Calderon?

Both point guards are drafted in the second round and each bring different strengths to the table.

 

Case for Billups

Biliups continued his efficient play with the Nuggets last season, averaging 17.7 points, 6.4 assists, 3 rebounds, and 1.2 steals per game in 77 regular season games.

He made 2.1 3pt FGs per game, which was his most since the '05-'06 season. While his FG percentage is one of his drawbacks, he shot 45 percent in 16 postseason games. Billups is almost automatic from the line, shooting 91 percent, and 92 percent the past two seasons.

 

Case Against

He shot 42 percent from the field during the regular season and has turned the ball over at least two times per game the past three seasons. Billups turned 34-years-old last month, but he has not shown any sings of aging yet.

 

Case for Calderon

Last season he averaged 12.8 points, 8.9 assists, 1.2 3pt FGs, 1.1 steals, and shot 50 percent from the field and 98 percent from the foul line. The 29-year-old is in his prime and has recovered from his hamstring injury.

The Spanish PG has the ability to finish the season in the top-five in assists. Before last season he turned the ball over 1.5 times per game, along with 8.3 assists per game. He skipped the European basketball tournament to be ready for the upcoming season and could see a bump in his numbers with the improved lineup.

His percentages, assists, and assist/turnover ratio make him an elite point guard option.

 

Case Against

He missed 14 games last season due to a hamstring injury and disappointed many fantasy owners. He is an inconsistent scorer and has not averaged more than 13 points in a season. Owners should not overrate his free throw percentage, as he will attempt about 300 less than Billups. He also averages about three less per game than the Nuggets PG.

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