I was just thinking about Chauncey Billups, and he is overrated. Especially this year. All-star? Give me a break
Now, don't get me wrong, he is a decent ballplayer, but he isn't as valuable as people make him seem.
First of all, we was never that great and got moved around a whole lot until he joined Detroit. DT was a team with a great attitude and a great SYSTEM, where the sum of the parts was greater than the individual. Now Chauncey was a vital part of that system, but he benefited from that system more than it benefited from him.
THEN, this year, he got traded to Denver, and now Denver is much better than last year and Detroit is much worse.
I would argue that Allen Iverson is a bigger reason for both than Chauncey. Detroit was falling off last year with Chauncey, as their core was getting older and the rest of the east was getting better. I would attribute their doing horrible this season more to adding AI than losing Chauncey. AI didn't fit their team-first system and has totally fucked up rotations and their core is another year older, more fucked up, and knows that management is thinking about 2010.
As far as the Nuggets, I will admit that Chauncey makes them somewhat better, but I think that LOSING iverson and Carmello's progression as a player is what really makes them better.
With Iverson gone, the Nuggets have become more of a team, and don't have 2 stars who dominate the ball. BUT, if you look at Carmello's numbers, he is shooting the 3 much better than last year and actually scores less and takes less shots than last year. He is a young kid who is figuring his shit out.
SO TO SUMMARIZE
Detroit is WORSE, mainly for adding AI and an aging core. Losing Chauncey is secondary.
DV is BETTER, mainly for losing AI and the progression of Carmello. Adding Chauncey is secondary.
Therefore, Chauncey Billups is overrated and probably doesn't deserve to be an all-star.