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How close is Chauncey to being a Hall of Fame player?

Discussion in 'Colorado Basketball Message Board' started by Buffnik, Feb 6, 2010.

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Is Chauncey Billups a Hall of Fame Player?

  1. Yes

    7 vote(s)
    29.2%
  2. On the Fence (but he's close)

    8 vote(s)
    33.3%
  3. On the Fence (but he's got to get another title or something)

    6 vote(s)
    25.0%
  4. No

    3 vote(s)
    12.5%
  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Remember, it's a Basketball Hall of Fame, not just an NBA Hall of Fame.

    High School:
    Best basketball player to ever come out of Denver... 4-time All-State pick... Mr. Basketball in Colorado 3 times... Colorado Player of the Year 2 times... Named a McDonald’s High School All-American in 1995... Played in the 1995 U.S. Olympic Festival in Denver, capturing a gold medal.

    College:
    Played two seasons at the University of Colorado (1995-97) … Averaged 18.5 points on .413 shooting with 5.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 55 games with the Buffaloes … Named Second Team All-America by The Associated Press in 1996-97 … Also earned First Team All-Big 12 honors and led Colorado to its first NCAA Tournament berth in 28 years … During sophomore season started 29 games, leading the Buffaloes in scoring (19.1 ppg), assists (4.9 apg), three-pointers made (75) and free throw percentage (.854, 20th in NCAA) … Named the Big Eight’s Co-Freshman of the Year after becoming the only player in the league to rank in the top-10 in eight statistical categories … Recorded the only triple-double in school history with 24 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists vs. George Mason on 12/2/95... the 5th player in school history to have his jersey (#4) retired.

    NBA:
    As a 13-year pro, he's led his teams to playoff appearances 9 consecutive years and this season will make it 10... Career averages are 15.3 ppg / 5.6 apg / 2.9 rpg / 1.0 spg... Career 39% 3-pt shooter and 89% ft shooter, earning the nickname "Mr. Big Shot"... 76 career double-doubles and counting... Named to the All-NBA Second Team (2006) and All-NBA Third Team (2007) … Named NBA All-Defensive Second Team two consecutive seasons (2005, 2006) … Five-time NBA All-Star selection … Named 2004 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player, averaging 21.0 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.20 steals in 38.4 minutes vs. the Los Angeles Lakers … Named Eastern Conference Player of the Week three times (2/2/03, 11/23/03 and 3/21/05) and NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month twice (1/06 and 2/07)... 1 NBA Championship (2004)... 7 straight conference finals appearances (and counting).

    International:
    Member of the USA Senior National Team that recorded a 10-0 record and won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship in 2007.

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    This year, Chauncey is having possibly his best statistical season ever. He is averaging 19.7 ppg, 6.0 apg, 3.0 rpg and 1.2 spg.

    Does he belong in the Hall of Fame?
     
  2. Rraalph 3000

    Rraalph 3000 Well-Known Member

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    YES...but i'm biased :smile2:
     
  3. dyemeduke

    dyemeduke Well-Known Member

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    On the fence - if he wins another championship, I think he will get in. If the Nuggets just make another conference finals, then he's still on the fence.

    If you're talking about the Naismith HOF, then I disagree with your statement on "basketball HOF", not "NBA"...I can't think of any HOFer that was elected due to his entire basketball career excellence, without having really shined in the NBA. I'm not saying that Chaunc hasn't excelled in the NBA, but his HS and college career are really irrelevant in HOF voting.
     
  4. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    On the Naismith HOF, it definitely takes performing in the NBA (unless you're a woman or a coach). But guys like Patrick Ewing are in after having better college than NBA careers. The HS helps, but no matter what you did in HS, it won't get you in the HOF.
     
  5. dyemeduke

    dyemeduke Well-Known Member

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    ?? so...you think Ewing was helped by his college career? I think his NBA career got him in by itself. I'm not sure if we're on the same page, and just arguing over semantics...but all I was trying to say was that the original statement of the HOF being the "basketball" HOF and not the NBA "HOF" is misleading. The HOF for all intensive purposes is really the NBA HOF (except as you said, coaches and women).
     
  6. buffs04

    buffs04 Well-Known Member

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    I love Chauncey and what he brings to the Nuggets and what he meant to Colorado hoops but statistically he isn't even close to HOF. Honestly, I am not sure if his game is worthy of an HOF induction HOWEVER he would deserve to get in if he does something significant with the Nuggets based on his leadership ability and his history of winning.

    He still has some gas in the tank... if he can perform for a few more years and the Nuggets achieve some playoff success with him here, I think he may ultimately end up in the hall. But from an individual perspective, he's just not quite good enough.
     
  7. Darian3Hagan

    Darian3Hagan '89 Player of the Year Club Member

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    He has a chance just because he won a title in the eastern time zone. I'm not to worried about his stats as he is now known as a coach on the floor and he just wins. Another title I think will cement it for him.
     

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