Billups' Complimenting Nuggets In Many Ways

Posted by Sean Stancill | Wednesday, November 12, 2008 | 0 comments »

When the Denver Nuggets and Detroit Pistons executed the most monumental trade since February, no one quite expected the results.

Allen Iverson 1-2 with Detroit and Chauncey Billups 3-0 with Denver a lightning rod for The Nuggets’ latest surge.

However as correctly predicted, Billups’ has upgraded Denver with his captain and his exceptional floor vision.

Denver forced a season best 22 turnovers against the Mavs’ in Billups’ debut, Chauncey posted his first double-double with the Nuggets’ in over a decade and contributed in a all-around team effort, halting the Charlotte Bobcats to a season best 80 points on Sunday.

Opponents are only shooting 39.6% against the Nuggets and Denver has a +4 rebound margin.

In the 2nd quarter over the past three games, Denver holds a 72-64 advantage points-wise but that feat is inferior compared to their 3rd quarter accomplishments.

The Nuggets have outscored their opponents in the 3rd quarter of every game with Billups’ as the new overseer, by a combined 26 points translating into three consecutive victories.

He’s also transcended the play of his teammates. Take Nene and Carmelo Anthony for example.

Since the trade Melo’ is averaging 25.6 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 3.6 APG and Nene not to be out done, has posted 19.6 PPG, 9 RPG, 3 BPG, and 1.6 SPG in the last 12 quarters.

Billups’ himself has registered 15.6 PPG, 6 APG, and 2.6 SPG since his awaited arrival.

But there other things that have been sparked by Denver’s new found success. Carmelo Anthony’s hustle has not gone un-noticed as he gravitated to loose balls against the Mavs’ on Friday. With 7:13 left in the first quarter against Dallas, Anthony missed a three pointer but hustled and collected his offensive rebound and slammed the ball through the net. Laziness cured. Melo was greeted with a slap on the rear and a word of acknowledgement by Chauncey and Kenyon Martin as Carmelo hustled back on defense.

Denver is now 4-3 and tied with the Portland Trail Blazers for 2nd in the NBA Northwest, with their next game against Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.