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After a series of teams took small chances on Chauncey Billups, the Detroit Pistons were the first to take a real risk on him.
The Pistons signed Billups for six years and $35 million to become their starting point guard. That may be the smallest contract for a player who went on to be the NBA Finals MVP just two years later.
Yes, Billups did join an already established team, but it was his clutch ability that made him so valuable.
The nickname "Mr. Big Shot" stuck with Billups after his epic performance in the 2004 NBA Finals, helping the Pistons to a five-game upset of the overhauled Lakers.
The Lakers had a starting lineup with arguably four of the top 50 players of all time. A matchup against Gary Payton, the greatest defensive point guard in NBA history, didn't intimidate Billups, who averaged 21 points a game. Payton is a notable free agent pickup that didn't quite make this list.
Billups led the Pistons back to the Finals the next season, but they fell to the San Antonio Spurs. He was the leader of a spread-out attack and one of the most balanced starting lineups in history.
Billups has been moved twice since being with the Pistons, but still gets overlooked by the casual NBA fan.
Chauncey is one of the most underrated players in the game today.