Chauncey Billups to Clippers: Why Billups Turns Clippers into Contenders

Francisco RiveraCorrespondent IDecember 14, 2011

How far can the Clippers go with Billups?
How far can the Clippers go with Billups?Elsa/Getty Images

After recently claiming Chauncey Billups off waivers, Clippers fans must have rejoiced, as another piece of a championship puzzle is on its way to LA.

Mr. Big Shot is bringing his steady play to the Staples Center with hopes of supplanting the Lakers as the big dogs in California. 

After Billups was released by the New York Knicks, the Clippers wasted no time going after the savvy vet.

After already adding Caron Butler, the Clippers now have a floor general to lead them deep into the playoffs.

The players who will benefit most are Blake Griffin and the other Clipper big men. Chauncey's ability to hit the deep three will open the floor for the post players to operate. 

In Billups, you have a battle-tested guard who, in his 14-year career, has led multiple teams to a total of 140 playoff games.

While he is 35 and obviously a few steps slower, Billups no longer has to be the focal point of an offense. With the firepower the Clippers currently have, Billups will be able to take the lead and let the youngsters grow while he adds to the legend of Mr. Big Shot.

Can anyone say conference finals for Donald Sterling and company?