My FanHouse colleague Chris Tomasson asks former Pistons Grant Hill and Chauncey Billups about their Hall of Fame chances:
"Obviously, I would love to say yes,'' Billups, who has a career averages of 15.1 points and 5.6 assists, said about whether he considers himself a future Hall of Famer. "I would hope so. I don't think my averages or my numbers per se is like Hall of Fame because my first five years I didn't really play much. But I think that success I have had in my career after that start is Hall of Fame worthy. But I really can't honestly tell you that I'm definitely a Hall of Famer.
"I would love to confidently say, 'Yeah.' I can't confidently say that. I think that, if maybe I would get another championship, maybe 'Yeah, for sure' ... That would be the ultimate (to make the Hall).''
[...] "Sometimes I forget until maybe I watch a video or two (of his pre-injury days),'' said Hill, averaging 12.0 points this season, "I'm not going to sell myself or something like that, but I feel confident enough and not sounding arrogant that, if I hadn't have gotten hurt, I probably would (be a sure-fire Hall of Famer).
"I'll put my (first) six years up against anybody's ... Bill Walton (made the Hall of Fame). How many years did he play healthy? Who knows? I'll keep my fingers crossed.''
I think Hill is probably a shoe-in -- his early career was phenomenal, and his college accomplishments put him over the top -- but I agree that Billups probably needs another title, despite his seven straight (and counting!) trips to the Conference Finals. What say you?