Sunday, May 27, 2012
Clipper report cards: Billups
By Pedro Moura
Here is the fifth player capsule in our ongoing look back at the 2011-2012 season for the Los Angeles Clippers and forward at the 2012-2013 season. The series runs until Tuesday, examining every player who finished the season on the roster as well as the head coach.
2011-2012 contributions: Billups, an unexpected and unorthodox offseason pickup, was the Clippers' third scorer and a key playmaker -- for the season's first 20 games, after which he tore his Achilles tendon on the road against Orlando and missed the final two-thirds of the year. When he was healthy, he was doing everything well except two-point field-goal shooting, and that was bound to bounce back up at some point. He finished averaging 15 points and four assists per game, nice numbers for someone adjusting to a new position on the fly. His most memorable moment as a Clipper was probably the game-winner he hit against Dallas at home in January, in a game that Chris Paul missed due to injury.
2012-2013 prediction: Good question. Billups is almost certain to miss a significant portion of the upcoming season while recovering from the torn Achilles, so his status is a complete unknown. He has maintained since the injury that he will play again in the NBA, and there's no real reason to doubt him. There is reason, however, to wonder when that comeback will be and where exactly it'll occur. A lot of that will have to do with his salary requests, and, as the Clippers pursue a more traditionally-sized two-guard this offseason, it's unlikely that Billups will be back in a Clipper uniform.