The One Unknown NBA Player Who Has a Winning Record Against Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and Lebron James

Published 05/26/2020, 7:00 AM EDT


The NBA community considers Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James as the most threatening players through the eras. However, there is only one other player who holds a winning record against all three of these stars, till date. Cue in Chauncey Billups, the G.O.A.T who wasn’t.

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How an underrated NBA player crushed the league’s three most fierce stars

 

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Recently, ESPN’s Stats & Info page on Twitter posed a trivia question to fans. The question asked which is the only player with a winning record against each of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James, including the playoffs.

Who doesn't love late night trivia?

Including the playoffs, only one player has a winning record against each of Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

Who is it?

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 25, 2020

 

Soon, answers started arriving. The responses ranged from Tim Duncan, Wilt Chamberlain, to Shaquille O’Neal, and many others. However, the majority had the right answer, that was Chauncey Billups. ESPN too released the answer soon, with stats for Billups and the three stars.

ESPN also revealed why the Tim Duncan answers were wrong.

 

And we have a correct answer! Billups went:

6-4 vs Michael Jordan
24-21 vs Kobe Bryant
22-17 vs LeBron James

A lot of guesses for Tim Duncan, who went 2-3 vs Michael Jordan in his career. https://t.co/x7QugnV4nZ

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 25, 2020

Chauncey Billups played against Jordan, Bryant, and James. More importantly, he destroyed all three of them. He was a horror, especially for LeBron in the East when the former was with the Pistons. He also beat Kobe in the 2004 Finals in five games.

 

 

Hard to believe the 2004 MVP actually struggled initially in his NBA career. \After the Boston Celtics drafted him as the 4th overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft, he got labeled as a bust even after putting up commendable numbers for the first few years of his career.

Billups traveled from the Celtics to the Denver Nuggets and from there to Orlando. Yet he hadn’t found his rhythm. Next he went from Orlando to the Minnesota Timberwolves and then finally to Detroit. That was when Chauncey Billups reached star status, as he suddenly turned his career, and that of the Pistons, a full 360.

Even though we feel Chauncey still hasn’t received all the fame he should have, the community seems to want to change that. Former NBA star Kendrick Perkins recently tweeted about Chauncey’s undiscussed career, saying that he was one of the most underrated point guards.

 

One the most underrated PGs to ever play the game. Straight Killa 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/6xYiGoN7Nl

— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) May 25, 2020

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Well, we agree with you, Kendrick. Underrated NBA players need representation. Especially those who have achieved a feat as amazing as Chauncey ‘Mr. Big Shot’ Billups.

 

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Maitreyee Joshi

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