Chauncey Billups Gets the Nod over Monta Ellis

Tuesday, I asked Ellis, who has vacation plans that involve fishing, if he would be willing to forgo those plans if he gets the call from the league.

ELLIS: “I’ll think about it,” drawing a chorus of laughs.

Looks like Ellis won’t have to give up his chill time on the water. The league announced today that Commissioner David Stern has pegged Denver Nuggets point guard Chauncey Billups as the All-Star alternate, taking the place of injured New Orleans point guard Chris Paul. Billups’ fifth All-Star appearance means Ellis won’t be making his first.

The Northwest Division-leading Nuggets have the second-best record in the Western Conference and third-best record in the NBA. The Nuggets went 12-3 in January. Eight of those wins are over teams with a winning record, including wins over Division rival Utah (twice), Cleveland and Orlando. Billups averaged24.2 points, 6.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds in January. He shot 47.8 percent from 3-point range. What’s more, Carmelo Anthony played in only six of those games, increasing Billups’ responsibility.

Ellis averaged 26.6 points, 6.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds in January. But the Warriors are 4-11 in January.

GEORGE KARL TO THE DENVER POST: “He should win it, he should be honored and we should move on,” Karl said. “There’s some great guards out there and yes, Monta Ellis has had a special season. I actually think (Dallas’) Jason Kidd has had a special season. The Aaron Brooks kid (in Houston) has played great, but we have the second-best record and the man in the last six weeks has played better than the guys actually on the All-Star team, in my mind. I think it’s somewhat of a no-brainer.”

Marcus Thompson

  • DW

    Has Brandon Roy gotten back in the line up yet for Portland? He’s is absolutely not a lock to play the game with that hamstring. Would Monta get the call if Roy doesn’t play.

  • Kinglear3

    Enough of these Warriors, How is Anthony Randolph and K. Azubuike’s rehab coming along?

  • Mr Mully

    Any chance we see a glimpse of BW before season’s end?

  • deano

    Billups came to Denver and turned them into one of the top three teams in the Western Conference. That was last year, but he’s kept them at the top this year. Billups is a leader who makes his teamates better and produces wins. He deserves the All-Star nod over Ellis.

  • Tdubb

    There is no question Monta has played All-Star level hoop, However the team’s record is terrible. The All Star game is about the fans and unfortunately, Monta is not a household name in the East. Billups is known.

    If there is another injury in the next couple of days, Monta will have his prize.

    The question Warriors fans should be asking is what the teams 2010-11 plan. They are sitting on expiring contracts and I’m not sure sitting is good. The roster is in need of a special player to compliment Monta and Maggette. The player needs to be 6’6″to 6’8″. Someone to guard big guards, Evans, Kobe, J-Rich, Durant, Roy etc.

    We still haven’t seen a healthy roster in 2 years but based on what little we’ve seen the front line has talent.

    Ellis, Azibuke, Morrow
    Maggette, Randolph, Rad,
    Bendris, Turiaf, Wright,
    Tolliver, Hunter…you draft the next two

    Oh and give the squad to K Smart, Nellie’s time has passed.

  • Jeremy

    Tough to argue with Billups as an All Star… the problem is there are more than 12 guys that play at an All Star level in a given year. That’s just the way it is.

    Is Monta starting to remind anyone else of Dwayne Wade? Too bad Monta doesnt have end of his prime Shaq, Antoine Walker, and Gary Payton to play with or we could be talkin title. That’s all they’re missing hahahh



  • Larry Riley

    Billups, an all-star, lets face it:

    Billups- Finals MVP
    Vocal leader
    Brings toughness
    Can hit big shots

    Ellis- Great scorer
    Not a vocal leader
    At 6-3, is not known for long-range shots
    Definitely has hit big shots, but not as any as Billups and not identified as clutch by non-Dub fans

    Billups deserves it, but if anyone deserves an award, it’s the nuggets GM for getting chauncey, and Riley has only made one good move with Curry so far.