Pistons' chances lie with Chauncey

Larry Brown has another point guard who likes to shoot. Can he get along with Chauncey Billups?

Updated: October 3, 2003, 10:34 AM ET
By Chad Ford |
Editor's note: Here's a glimpse of the good -- and the bad -- that could happen to the 2003-04 Detroit Pistons.

Best Case Scenario
Three things need to happen for the Pistons to win 55 games and compete for the top seed in the Eastern Conference this season.

Chauncey Billups
APChauncey Billups smiles with his daughter, Ciara, 1, after a news conference announcing his signing with the Detroit Pistons in Auburn Hills, Mich., Wednesday, July 17, 2002.
1. Billups and Brown become friends. Everyone knows Larry Brown likes point guards who pass first and shoot second. And everyone knows that Chauncey Billups likes to shoot first and shoot second. So what gives? Everyone is hinting that Tayshaun Prince may do some of the ball handling, freeing up Billups to shoot and score. That seems fine with Billups, who claims he'll be the same player he was at the end of last season. "Our system will be different," Billups said. "But I'm always going to be a scoring threat." If that works for Larry, who's declining comment until he gets Billups in practice, fine. If it doesn't? See Worst Case Scenario No. 1.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer