Monday, July 11th, 2011 at 9:10 am  |  21 responses

Chauncey Billups: Current Mavericks Similar to ’04 Pistons

According to the 2004 NBA Finals MVP, the defending champion Dallas Mavericks remind him a lot of his old Detroit Pistons team. From the Free Press: “Team beats talent. That’s how many dubbed Dallas’ triumph over star-studded Miami and how many saw Detroit’s 2004 triumph over the Lakers, who featured Hall of Fame-bound Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone and Gary Payton. ‘Yeah, I do,’ Billups, a Knicks point guard, told hoopshype.com recently when asked whether he saw a resemblance between this season’s Mavericks and the underdog Pistons in the 2004 finals against the Lakers. ‘I definitely do. … It’s not about names, how many people on your team can make the All-Star game. It’s not about that at all. It’s about putting the right pieces together. You got to have a cohesive unit.’”

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  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    Actually the Mavs have a lot of talent and a clear cut superstar.

  • LP

    the Pistons had some talent too…Rasheed, Ben Wallace, rip, chauncey, Tayshaun, Darko , those are no slouches… I’d take some of them over the Mavs team.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    Mavs didn’t have even a tenth as much grit. The played one heck of a defensive post season, but theres no denying they are primarily an offensive team with a lot of offensive firepower and a clear cut superstar like @pablasso said. Pistons on the other hand were just pure heart and grime….long time Laker fan, that series hurt, I hated the Pistons (I was young and dumb)…now I can truly appreciate what they were and its painful to see whats come of that organization…*cough fire Dumars *cough…anyways yeah, the closest thing to that squad was the 08 Celtics, and that squad seems to be nearing the end of the road as well….you just wonder if the next generation of the game will ever see those kinds of groups again….*sighh*

  • http://www.pablasso.com pablasso

    Darko.. really? he barely touched the court. I’m not saying that the Pistons were worse or anything, but they relied a lot more in their starting 5 balance, while the mavs seems deeper and counted on Dirk to bail them out on tough situations. Hell, they lost Caron Butler and instead started Shawn Marion, that’s a pretty good plan B.

  • LP

    Darko held Shaq and Malone to single figures.

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  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    come on you coulda said Lindsay Hunter, or Mehmet Okur, or somebody but dang man Darko? lol jk jk

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @LP Darko didn’t even step on the floor in the Finals my dude…you are dreaming that up

  • http://www.twitter.com/dfrance21 dfrance21

    Actually Chauncey, they’re more the opposite of the Pistons.

  • http://www.hoopsvibe.com/features/overdribbling chiqo

    pretty sure that was a joke.

  • http://www.walshsportsblog.com Darren

    Darko was like a human victory cigar for the Pistons in the Finals, played the last few minutes of their wins.

  • T-Money

    yes… except not really.

  • robb

    what pablasso said

  • Clownfish31

    Not to take anything away from Chauncey’s comments, but I’m pretty sure he made some all-star teams, as did Ben Wallace, Richard Hamilton, Rasheed Wallace and even Mehmet Okur. But he’s right. In ’04, the Pistons just came together as a team and out-played a star-studded cast of future HOFs.


    Smooth hit the nail on the head.

  • Glenn

    Darko actually broke his hand in the last game of the finals during garbage time. As for subs, Lindsey Hunter, Mike James, Okur, Corliss Williamson, Elden Campbell. They were solid. Not fantastic on their own, but mixed in with the starters they held up. James and Hunter were pit bulls on defense.

  • http://asdklfl.com Jukai

    Yeah, Chauncy is kinda right except for the fact that the Detroit team up to that point only had two or three all-star appearences in total while Dirk and Kidd combined had over twenty. But yeah, I like Chauncy so I’m not gonna argue it.

  • Lochness

    Darko was on the bench with some diamond ear rings on. Come on now.

  • http://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    co-sign what T-Money said. Chauncey’s just talking to be heard.

  • http://www.triplajunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Corliss Williamson + Elden Campbell > Peja Stojakivic + Ian Mahinmi

  • Armando

    What I believe Billups meant was that both teams played team basketball. And if that is his point it doesn’t matter how many stars there were on the teams or how (dis)similar their style was. Yes, Dirk was a monster this postseason, but the Mavs still played unselfish team basketball.