Five-time NBA All-Star Chauncey Billups has joined ESPN as an NBA studio analyst and will make his debut today during the 3 p.m. ET SportsCenter (ESPNEWS). Billups will appear regularly on NBA Tonight and NBA Coast 2 Coast, in addition to various ESPN Radio shows and SportsCenter, per the new deal.
“I’m very excited. This is something I’ve looked forward to for a long time,” Billups told Front Row. “I’m a rookie again, but the only advantage is that I have a veteran’s mindset. It’ll be a lot of fun. I look forward to coming in and doing the best that I can.”
Billups, who earned the nickname “Mr. Big Shot,” joins an already deep roster of Bristol-based NBA studio analysts with rich league pedigrees, which includes the recently announced addition of Brad Daugherty, plus head coaches George Karl, Avery Johnson and P.J. Carlesimo, as well as veteran players Tim Legler, Antonio Davis and others.
Tim Corrigan, ESPN coordinating producer, said of Billups: “Chauncey was an NBA Finals MVP on our air in 2004, leading the Detroit Pistons to a title. It’s great to have him coming right from the court into our studios to provide his expert analysis, opinions and have some fun with our gang of former coaches and players.”
Billups most recently played for the Pistons during the 2013-14 season. He announced his NBA retirement in September. Billups had stints with the Celtics, Raptors, Nuggets, Timberwolves, Pistons, Knicks and Clippers during his 17-year career.