As a kid, Chauncey’s
favorite college hoops team was St. John’s. He began following
the Red Storm when Denver native Chucky Sproling headed there to play
for coach Lou Carneseca.
Chauncey was named
a McDonald’s All-American in 1995. He also won a gold medal in
the U.S. Olympic Festival.
During his four
years at George Washington High School, Chauncey lost a total of eight
In his 1996 game
against Dream Team III, Chauncey nailed a pull-up jumper over Gary Payton
the first time he touched the ball. Chauncey has never let the future
Hall of Famer forget it.
Chauncey got a
laugh out of Bobby Knight’s reaction when Colorado beat Indiana
in the first round of the 1997 NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers coach was
so mad that he didn’t shake the hand of any Buffalo, and then
walked back to his hotel in the rain.
In 55 games at
Colorado, Chauncey averaged 18.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists.
He canned 120 three-pointers and shot .857 (306-for-357) from the free
Even if Chauncey
never makes the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, his Colorado
jersey did. Each year the hall displays the uniforms of the college
game’s top players. Chauncey was honored in 1997 along with the
likes of Tim Duncan, Ron Mercer and Antawn Jamison.
Upon signing as
a rookie with the Boston Celtics, Chauncey bought cars for his dad, mom and
sister. Ray got a Range Rover, Faye a Mercedes E-class 320 and Maria
a Toyota Avalon.
in the 1998 Schick Rookie Game, posting nine points, seven assists and
The Pistons made
it clear that Chauncey was their top choice among free agents in the
summer of 2002. When coach Rick Carlisle visited him, he brought a Detroit
jersey with #1 on it.
When Chauncey torched
Orlando for 40 points in Game 6 of their 2002 playoff series, he joined
Dave Bing, Isiah Thomas and Kelly Tripucka as the only Pistons to reach
this plateau in a post-season contest.
Chauncey was Second-Team All-NBA in 2005–06. He was Third-Team All-NBA in each of the next two seasons.
Chauncey was tied for the team-high in assists during the 2007 All-Star Game, with six in 16 minutes.
When Chauncey returned to Denver, his two favorite numbers (#1 and #4) were already taken. He picked #7 to honor John Elway.
Chauncey scored a career-high 39 points in a road win over the Lakers in 2010. He hit nine three-pointers during the game.
Chauncey was chosen as a replacement for injured Chris Paul in the 2010 All-Star Game.
on the Late Show with David Letterman after being named MVP
of the 2004 NBA Finals. He joked with the host about his allegiance
to the Pacers. When Dave said he was a “Pistons fan at heart,”
Chauncey quickly responded that he was going to pass on this information
to Indiana’s Ron Artest. Both got a nice chuckle out of the gag.
In 2005, Chauncey
starred in an adidas commercial called, “Improvisation.”
The spot featured him playing on an animated wood court that comes to
life and tries to prevent him from scoring.
tattoos is one across his right shoulder that reads, Smooth.
Chauncey is a big
fan or rap. His favorite artists are Tupac, Jay-Z and Notorious B.I.G.
his longtime girlfriend, Piper Riley, in the summer of 2004. The couple
has two daughters, Cydney Renee and Ciara Rai.
endorsement deals is one with Rock Financial that benefits the Detroit
and Denver communities. As part of the agreement, Chauncey makes regular
appearances at local schools, while Rock Financial treats underprivileged
kids to Pistons games and donates money to Chauncey’s summer basketball
Chauncey’s cousin is NFL running back LenDale White.
Chauncey married his longtime girlfriend, Piper Riley, in the summer of 2004. The couple has three daughters, Cydney, Ciara and Cenaiya.