23. Chauncey Billups
Career Playoff Stats: 17.8 PTS 3.4 RPG 5.9 APG
Finals Stats: 20.7 PPG 4.3 RPG 5.8 APG 92.9 FT%
Finals Appearances: 2
Finals MVPs Won: 1 (2004)
In 2004, Rick Carlisle was let go and Larry Brown was hired to get them over the hump (swept by the Nets in the ECF the year before). He and Chauncey immediately clicked. After trading for Rasheed Wallace, the Pistons instantly became a viable threat to the three-time reigning champion Lakers because of their toughness and leadership. Mr. Big Shot led the Pistons to a stunning 4-1 romp of the Lakers in the 2004 Finals taking home the Finals MVP. He dropped 23, three, and five to go along with his tenacious defense against a Laker team featuring five Hall of Famers in Gary Payton, Karl Malone, Shaq, Kobe, and Phil Jackson. He and the Pistons found themselves in the Finals the very next year, but lost to Tim Duncan's Spurs in seven games.