I believe Chaucey Billups is more than capable of bringing us towards the promised land.
As I have mentioned before I don't subscribe to the moniker of a guard being "pass or shoot first". Those are terms used to describe limitations when evaluating a players decisions. I also don't see the importance of evaluating his Apg in evaluating his performance- at least not as important as I evaluate his decision making ability.
Assists are a proponent of two players abilities. Obviously one passing the other hitting shots as a result. If a guard were surrounded by more accomplished shooters, his apg should theoretically be higher than without.
Chauncey has demonstrated the following abilities over his career that imo supercede apg.:
1. Lead a team to a championship
2. Finals MVP
3. Staying healthy
4. Passing in traffic
5. Passing accuracy
6. Getting the ball into the "hot" hands
7. Getting his team on the same page
9. Hits outside shots
10. Draws fouls
11. Hits foul shots
With all these attributes the one most important is ability to make proper decisions- those that lead to victory
Admittedly CB isn't the most athletic guard. There are many younger, faster guards in the league. But I would argue there are few with his pedigree. He is amongst the smartest
in terms of his ability to make the proper decisions.
I am fully confident in CB's ability to produce and feature our other stars Stat&Melo.
A pg like CB is unlike a young rookie in that he doesn't need constant monitoring. He thrives when having free reign. During my analysis of him after he arrived I noticed two things:
1. He saw open passes and attemted to make them when his teammates wheren't ready.
They must understand CB isn't a mechanical guard that makes the telegraphed pass. He is not predictable as we are use to seeing within our offense. They must be ready AT ALL TIMES.
2. His pull up was by virtue of interpreting MDA's offense, and knowing he has that in his arsenal.
To me there is nothing J. Kidd can or has done that our leader CB can't do.
espn.com"He was never overweight, never been overweight in his life," Abunassar said, "but I just think if you're five, seven pounds lighter ... You watch Jason Kidd play at 38 and there's no reason why every guy can't do that. There are a lot of guys at 38 who used to play who are a long way from game shape, that's for sure. It's a testament to Kidd, obviously, taking care of his body. That's the kind of focus with Chauncey. He's not 38 yet, but we're going to lighten his load a little bit and make sure that he's light on his feet."
While some will argue that Mike D'Antoni's fast-paced system may be too much for the aging Billups to handle, Abunassar disagrees. He thinks Billups' combination of basketball smarts and playing style will be a big bonus for the 'Bockers.
"There is a bit of an adjustment," Abunassar said, "but I think Chauncey's intelligence will allow him to kind of mold his style to what Mike wants. Chauncey thinks he's a great coach. The truth be known, Chauncey's strength is running the team, making the right decisions. I used to ask him all the time, 'Why do you keep throwing the ball to Rasheed [Wallace] early in the game [when they were in Detroit]?' He said, 'Look, when you get Rasheed going early in the game, he's a rhythm player.'
Chauncey understands stuff like that and I'm sure D'Antoni realizes that. Those are the things I think that Chauncey can bring to the Knicks that I don't know many guys that can. I'm sure it'll all mesh together."
So let's not get too caught up in apg and realize the decisions are what's important. We've all seen guards like Rose be passive and we've seen them take over and become selfish when the situation dictates. All based on decisions and feel. CB's ball I.q. is far superior to the majorty and I am glad about that.
Let's focus on where our weaknesses were; Defense, rebounding, and leadership as to not continue to make the same mistakes.
CB is better than Duhon and Felton combined. And he's dedicated.