Chauncey Billups is an NBA champ, Finals MVP, 5 time All Star and the current Head Coach of Portland Trail Blazers
Who would wish to play close to a century of games against arguably the three best basketball players of all-time, but can you imagine winning more than half of those games? That’s what “Mr. Big Shot” did in his 17-year NBA career.
Chauncey Billups is the only player who has a winning record against Jordan, Kobe, and LeBron
Billups played a combined 94 games against Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and won 52 of them. That is an outrageous number when you consider Kobe and LeBron were on their primes when Billups was winning these games against them.
And we have a correct answer! Billups went:
6-4 vs Michael Jordan
24-21 vs Kobe Bryant
22-17 vs LeBron James
A lot of guesses for Tim Duncan, who went 2-3 vs Michael Jordan in his career. https://t.co/x7QugnV4nZ
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 25, 2020
He was drafted third overall by Boston Celtics in 1997, In his first career game, he recorded 15 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists in 16 minutes of playing time as a reserve in a win against the Michael Jordan-led Bulls. How about that for a start against the then 5 times NBA Champ who went on to win his 6th that very season?
A Finals MVP, Billups knew how to win big games
Although Billups would play for 7 teams in his career, his time with the Detroit Pistons is considered to be his best, he won them the 2004 NBA title over heavily favored Lakers led by Kobe and Shaq.
They won 4–1, for sure his best 4 wins against Kobe. In the finals he averaged 21 points, 5.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals, as well as shooting 50.1 percent field goals, 47.1 percent three-pointers, and 92.9 percent free throw which earned him the NBA Finals MVP Award.
He went to 7 straight conference finals with Pistons and his next team the Denver Nuggets. He knew how to win games, and surely, the big ones. Having a winning record against LeBron James who himself has led his teams to 10 NBA Finals, and won four, is a very rare feat.
He never put anything over winning. “I learn something new about myself everyday,” Billups wrote on Instagram. “I never was a stats dude. As a PG all I cared about was getting the W. I was blessed to play with some real dawgs!!!!!”
Let’s see how Billups’s first stint as a new Head Coach of the Blazers goes and can “Dame Time” like his new coach “Mr. Big Shot” lead his team to the western conference finals? Or maybe the NBA finals?