Chauncey Billups Biography
Chauncey Billups is a well-known American professional basketball coach and former player who now works for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) as an assistant coach. He currently serves as the head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers since June 2021.
Chauncey Billups Age
Chauncey was born in Denver, Colorado, in the United States, on September 25, 1976. He is 47 years old.
Chauncey Billups Height
Billups stands at a height of 6 feet 3 inches (Approx 1.91 m)
Chauncey Billups Education
He joined and graduated in 1995 from George Washington High School of Denver. While at George Washington, Chauncey was a Colorado Mr. Basketball three times, a four-time All-State first-team pick, and Colorado Player of the Year as both a junior and a sophomore. Billups started on varsity as a freshman.
He attended the University of Colorado Boulder over Kansas, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma State, and the University of California-Berkeley. Billups averaged 5.1 assists, 18.5 points, and 5.6 rebounds per game over his two seasons with the Buffaloes. During the 1996–97 season, He was named to the Basketball Times All-American First Team, the All-Big 12 Conference First Team, and Consensus 2nd Team All-American.
Chauncey Billups Family
He was born and raised by his parents Faye Billups and Ray Billups in Denver, Colorado. Chauncey has two siblings namely Maria Billups and Rodney Dee Billups. His younger brother, Rodney played point guard for the Campus of Denver from 2002-2005 and was drafted into the NBA Development League in 2016. Moreover, He is the first cousin of running back LenDale White.
Chauncey Billups Wife
He is happily married to his caring and pretty wife Piper Billups. The duo met at George Washington High School based in Denver, Colorado. The couple has three nice-looking daughters namely Ciara, Cydney, and Cenaiya. His friend, Kevin Garnett an NBA player, is the godfather to Ciara.
Chauncey Billups Children
Chauncey and Piper are three nice-looking daughters namely Ciara, Cydney, and Cenaiya.
Chauncey Billups Salary
He bags an average salary of $83,121 annually.
Chauncey Billups’ Net Worth
Billups has an approximate net worth of $45 million.
Chauncey Billups Career
Billups is a well-known American professional basketball coach and former player who now works for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) as an assistant coach. Presently, Billups has worked for the Portland Trail Blazers as head coach since June 2021. He played 17 seasons in the NBA. After playing college basketball with the Colorado Buffaloes, Chauncey was selected third overall in the 1997 NBA draft by the Boston Celtics.
A three-time All-NBA selection, a five-time NBA All-Star, and a two-time NBA All-Defensive selection, He played for Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets, the Celtics, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Los Angeles Clippers during his NBA career.
In 2004 Billups won the NBA Finals MVP after helping the Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the Finals and he was given the nickname “Mr. Big Shot” for making late-game shots with Detroit. In 2016, The Pistons retired his No. 1 jersey. He served as a studio analyst after he retired from playing in 2014. He began coaching during the 2020–21 season as an assistant for the Los Angeles Clippers. He was appointed as head coach of the Trail Blazers in 2021.
Billups was drafted third overall by the Boston Celtics in the 1997 NBA draft. Chauncey did not mesh with new Celtics head coach Rick Pitino. In his first career game, He recorded 2 rebounds, 15 points, and 4 assists in 16 minutes of playing time as a reserve in a win against the Michael Jordan-led Bulls. In his eighth career game, He posted a then career-high 22 points, from the field and 9-for-10 on 5-for-14 shooting from the free throw line in a 103–99 win over the visiting Raptors, to go along with 3 assists and 4 steals.
On February 18, 1998, He was traded to the Toronto Raptors, along with Dee Brown, Roy Rogers, and John Thomas in exchange for All-Star point guard Žan Tabak, Kenny Anderson, and Popeye Jones. On February 22, in just his second career game with the Raptors, He recorded a then-career-high of 27 points from the field and 13-for-16 on 5-for-13 shooting from the free throw line, to go along with 2 rebounds and 5 assists in a 113–105 win over the Vancouver Grizzlies.
On January 21, 1999, Chauncey was dealt in a three-way deal to his hometown Denver Nuggets involving one of Billups’ future teams, the Minnesota Timberwolves. Minnesota received Bobby Jackson and Dean Garrett from Denver, Toronto received Micheal Williams and Željko Rebrača from Minnesota and the 5th pick in the 1999 NBA draft from Billups and Denver, along with Tyson Wheeler, were sent to Denver from Toronto.
Billups due to an injured shoulder was on the injured list until the season’s end and never played a game for the Magic. Despite this, Chauncey was included in the season-ending team photo. Among NBA circles, He was considered a draft bust.
Billups was signed as a backup to the point guard Terrell Brandon by the Minnesota Timberwolves (who had been involved in the trade that sent Billups to Denver), who would mentor the troubled player alongside Wally Szczerbiak, Sam Mitchell, and Kevin Garnett.
He would work with his more experienced teammates on scouting, shooting, decision-making, and the other attributes that came with playing point guard in the NBA, such as deciding which plays would be most beneficial for the team in a specific situation and learning to work more effectively with teammates.
In his first career game with the Timberwolves, He recorded 2 rebounds, 15 points, and 5 assists in a 106–98 road win over the Houston Rockets. On November 11, 2000, Chauncey recorded his season-high in terms of points scored to go along with 5 rebounds and 9 assists in a 103–92 road win over the Bucks with 31 points.
Brandon suffered a serious knee injury during the 2001–02 season. Chauncey placed him and had a breakthrough 2001–02 season. The Timberwolves before they were swept by the Dallas Mavericks in the first round of the playoffs won 50 games, with Billups averaging 22 points per game in the series.
After his breakthrough season, He became a free agent. Chauncey wanted to return to the Timberwolves, but the team wanted to see how Brandon would respond to his knee injury.
In June 2002, He signed a 5-year, $35 million contract to be the team’s new starting point guard with the Detroit Pistons. When he signed with the Pistons, Billups was forced to take the number 1 in honor of Joe Dumars because number 4 was retired. He quickly received respect for his tenacious defense and clutch shooting from Pistons fans and colleagues.
In the 2004 season, He averaged 3.5 rebounds, 16.9 points, 5.7 assists, and 1.1 steals per game. The Pistons improved their record to 54–28, but it was only good for the third seed overall in the Eastern Conference playoff standings. In the Eastern Conference Finals, the Pistons won the Indiana Pacers, the gritty, defensive series, 4–2, by an average score of 75.2 PPG to the Pacers’ 72.7 PPG.
He helped Detroit win over the heavily favored Los Angeles Lakers, 4–1 the 2004 NBA Finals. Billups averaged per game 5.2 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 21 points, as well as shooting 47.1 percent three-pointers, 50.1 percent field goals, and 92.9 percent free throws to earn the NBA Finals MVP Award.
The following season, Billups was named to the 2005 NBA Second All-Defensive Team, while teammate Ben Wallace co-captain of the Pistons along with teammate Tayshaun Prince took home the Defensive Player of the Year Award. The Pistons reached the 2005 NBA Finals but as champions to the San Antonio Spurs in seven games lost in their bid to repeat.
In 2006, He was co-captain of the team. Billups along with teammates Richard Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace, and Ben Wallace was selected to play in the 2006 NBA All-Star Game as a reserve for the Eastern Conference.
In the 2007 NBA All-Star Game, Chauncey was chosen along with teammate Richard Hamilton as a reserve, for the Eastern Conference, despite an injury that kept Billups out of five games early on in the season. Billups also took part in the Shooting Stars Competition alongside head coach Shock star Swin Cash and Bill Laimbeer and former Detroit Shock.
On July 11, 2007, Chauncey signed a $46 million, four-year contract with the Pistons (which includes a team option for a fifth year at $14 million). He had been an unrestricted free agent for several days after he opted out of the previous contract, which he had signed in 2002. He was selected to play as a reserve in the 2008 NBA All-Star Game, along with teammates Richard Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace an injury replacement.
On November 3, 2008, He along with Antonio McDyess and Cheikh Samb for Allen Iverson was traded to the Denver Nuggets. Pistons GM Joe Dumars said that it was “the hardest and toughest” move he had made describing Billups, as a general manager… a guy that I have looked at as a little brother.”
For the 2009–10 season, He reverted to wearing #1, he wore with the Pistons the same number. Teammate J. R. Smith changed to the #5 jersey who had previously worn #1 since being acquired by the Nuggets in 2006.
On November 27, 2009, in the Nuggets’ 128–125 win over the New York Knicks, He scored 32 points while teammate Carmelo Anthony scored 50.
For the 2009–10 season, He reverted to wearing #1, the same number he wore with the Pistons. Teammate J. R. Smith, who had previously worn #1 since being acquired in 2006 by the Nuggets, changed to the #5 jersey.
On November 27, 2011, in the Nuggets’ 128–125 win over the New York Knicks, Chauncey scored 32 points while teammate Carmelo Anthony scored 50. This made them only the third duo to score at least 30 and 50 points respectively in NBA history.
On July 13, 2012, He re-signed a one-year deal with the Clippers. Billups on November 28, 2012, made his season debut, against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Chauncey was limited to only 22 games during the season because of various injuries, including tendinitis in his left foot and a sore back.
On June 10, 2013, Billups earned the inaugural Twyman–Stokes Teammate of the Year Award. Billups was humbled by the award and said, “For my name to be mentioned with [Jack Twyman], I don’t feel worthy, to be honest with you. During the 2012–13 season, He averaged a new career-high free-throw percentage and became a free agent after the season.
On July 16, 2013, He signed a two-year, $5 million contract to return to the Detroit Pistons. More knee problems caused him to miss most of the 2013–14 season, as Chauncey appeared in his fewest games since the 1999–2000 season and averaged career lows in minutes, field goal percentage, steals, points, and three-point percentage during the year.
On June 30, 2014, the Pistons announced on Billups’ contract for the 2014–15 season they would not pick up their team option.
On September 9, 2015, He announced his retirement from the NBA after 17 years. Billups cited his health for his retirement as the main reason, as he never appeared in his last three seasons in the league in more than 22 games. The Pistons on February 10, 2016, retired Billups’ No. 1 jersey.
In 2017, the creation of the 3-on-3 professional basketball league BIG3 was announced, for the Killer 3’s with Billups set to be a player.
Chauncey Billups as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, 2021 Los Angeles Clippers (2020–2021)
On November 8, 2020, He was hired at the Los Angeles Clippers under head coach Tyronn Lue as an assistant coach. On June 27, 2021, Billups was hired by the Portland Trail Blazers as head coach.