Chauncey Ray Billups is a professional basketball player from the United States of America who plays as a point guard. Billups went to the George Washington High School in Denver where he was named to the All-State First Team for all 4 years. He was also named as the Colorado Mr. Basketball thrice as well as being named as the Colorado State Player of the Year in his sophomore and junior years.
In 1995, Billups was picked for the McDonald’s All-American team but didn’t play the game on account of a shoulder injury that would keep recurring through his career.
Billups went on to attend the University of Colorado where he played 2 seasons, averaging 18.5 points per game. In 1996-97, Billups led the University of Colorado to their first ever NCAA tournament title, in 30 years, after beating Indiana State in the finals. This feat got him into the Big 12 Conference First Team as well as the Basketball Times All-American First Team.
Billups declared for the 1997 NBA Draft and was picked at third overall by the Boston Celtics. In the middle of his rookie year in the NBA, Billups was traded out to the Toronto Raptors for Kenny Anderson after 51 games for the Celtics. He played out 1998 at the Raptors, appearing in 29 games and scoring at 11.3 points per game, up from his 11.1 average with the Celtics. His assists per game dropped one point to 3.3 per game.
In 1998, he was traded out to the Denver Nuggets where he was again used as the backup. Despite starting 41 of the 45 games he played that season, Billups was always in the hunt for a starting spot and a 13.9 point average was good enough to get him pushed up the rotation. However, in 1999-2000, Billups got injured after just 13 games and was out for the rest of the season. The Nuggets decided to trade him out and the Orlando Magic decided to pick him up. The injured Billups spent 1999-2000 on the disabled list and never turned out on court for the Magic, a problem that prompted the Magic to send him away.
The Minnesota Timberwolves appeared keen to take him on board as a backup and the perpetually injured Terrell Brandon gave Billups many opportunities to get into the starting lineup. Billups started 33 of his 77 games at the Timberwolves in 2000-01, scoring at 9.3 points per game with 3.4 assists.
The following year, Billups played every game in the season and scored at 12.5 points per game with 5.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game. After a great 2001-02 Season, Billups decided to turn free agent and join the Detroit Pistons as the starting point guard.