There are two ways to look at what Chauncey Billups did this season. The first is to say that his numbers fell off because he didn't see a large enough sample of minutes. The second is to say that he's just too old and his body won't allow him to play at the level he used to. I'm inclined to believe that it's a little bit of both. In his final year with the Clippers, Billups managed a 15.0 PER, shot 40.2% from three and had a Free Throw Rate over two times as high as his was this year (.152 v. .364). It's entirely possible that Billups would have turned his play around had he been able to get healthy. Alas, he didn't, and the veteran PG is looking at possibly ending his career with easily the worst season he's had yet.
Chauncey Billups made 10 of his 31 shots inside the arc. I'm no John Hollinger, but I think that's bad. However, it's not overly concerning for a guy who took more than 60% of his shots from behind the long line. Billups excelled on the left side of the arc, and that kind of perimeter shooting would have been more than welcome over the course of the season. He also managed to go 3/26 from the top of the key and the right side of the arc. Billups' shot chart is based on too little playing time to really give any meaningful information, but that kind of zone shooting is alarmingly bad nonetheless.
OUTLOOK FOR NEXT YEAR
2014-15 Status: Team option for $2,500,000 (via basketball-reference)
The safe assumption to make is that Billups will retire at some point this offseason. Players going into their age 38 season coming off of knee surgery don't tend to make for productive options. If Billups doesn't choose to retire, the team could choose not to pick up his option. That would be the worst PR move the organization has made since...well, trading Billups. Regardless, I'm expecting Billups to retire and transition to a front office position, hopefully in Detroit's organization under the new GM.
2014 SEASON GRADE: A+ (Now retire, please)