Colorado basketball legends Chauncey Billups, Becky Hammon nominated for hall of fame

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Former Colorado great Chauncey Billups was a five-time NBA All-Star during his 20-year career, which included two stints with the Nuggets.

Chauncey Billups, the Denver native and former NBA All-Star, and Becky Hammon, the former Colorado State standout and current trailblazer as an NBA assistant coach, have been nominated for the 2018 Basketball Hall of Fame.

Billups and Hammon are both first-time nominees. Finalists will be announced Feb. 17 during NBA All-Star Weekend, and the Hall of Fame class will be unveiled during the Final Four in San Antonio. Enshrinement will take place Sept. 6-8 in Springfield, Mass.

Billups was a five-time NBA All-Star during his 20-year career in which he played for the Boston Celtics, Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets (two stints), Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons (two stints), New York Knicks and Los Angeles Clippers from 1997-2014. He was the 2004 NBA Finals MVP for the champion Pistons and compiled 15,802 points, 5,636 assists and 2.9 rebounds over his career. His No. 1 is retired by the Pistons.

Billups’ No. 4 is also retired at Colorado, where he was a second-team All-American, led the Buffaloes to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 28 years in 1997 and became the No. 3 overall pick in the NBA draft. Before signing with the Buffaloes, Billups was a three-time Mr. Colorado Basketball while starting at George Washington High School.

Hammon, who broke barriers by when the San Antonio Spurs hired her as the first full-time female NBA assistant coach in 2014, was an All-American at Colorado State and led the Rams to the Sweet 16 in 1999. She became the school’s and Western Athletic Conference’s all-time leading scorer with 2,740 points and set several other Colorado State record including assists (538) and 3-pointers made (365). She was inducted into the school’s Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and had her No. 25 retired the following year.

In the WNBA, Hammon was a six-time All-Star and became the league’s all-time assists leader in 2007.