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Chauncey Billups: 'That's our son' -- Draymond is on a group chat with four former Pistons

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Chauncey Billups: 'That's our son' -- Draymond is on a group chat with four former Pistons

Prior to this season, the Pistons played their home games in Auburn Hill, Michigan.

Draymond Green grew up about an hour away in Saginaw, Michigan.

On a recent episode of the "I Am Rapaport" podcast, Chauncey Billups and Michael Rapaport had the following exchange:

Rapaport: "Draymond Green is a churchmouse compared to Rasheed (Wallace)."

Billups: "First of all -- where do you think Draymond got it from? He was pretty much our ball boy."

Rapaport: "Was he around?"

Billups: "All the time. So him and Jordan Dumars -- who was Joe's son -- best friends. They were around the team every day, all day. We raised Draymond. That's my son. We raised him.

We're on a group chat all the time -- Draymond, myself, Ben (Wallace), Rip (Richard Hamilton), Sheed -- we on a group chat arguing whose teams are better ... that's our son!"

Did you know all of this? I did not know all of this.

Very cool.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Jayson Tatum's bold NBA Finals prediction for Celtics seems premature

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Jayson Tatum's bold NBA Finals prediction for Celtics seems premature

Jayson Tatum evidently forgot the Golden State Warriors still play in the NBA.

The second-year Boston Celtics guard was feeling himself Saturday at NBA All-Star festivities. He won the All-Star Skills Challenge, then had something bold to say about his team’s chances in the second half of the season.

“We’re going to win the finals this year,” Tatum said, via ESPN. “February 16th, Jayson Tatum said we’re going to win the finals this year.”

Weird flex, Jayson, but OK …

The trends don’t support Tatum’s assertion. First, the Celtics sit fourth in the ultra-competitive Eastern Conference, well behind the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors, so they’d have an uphill climb to come out of that side of the league. Oddsmakers don’t have much faith in that, as the Celtics’ futures number has fallen, while the Bucks and the Raptors’ odds have shot up significantly, per OddsShark.

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Should the Celtics overcome those odds, the Warriors likely would be waiting for them in the Finals. And even though Boston played Golden State tight last month at TD Garden, the rematch March 5 in Oakland will give us a much better look at where the Celtics are. After all, Boston probably would have to win a Finals game or two at Oracle Arena to fulfill Tatum’s vow. Easier said than done.

Tatum is confident, which is great. What else is he supposed to say about his team? But there’s much work ahead of the Celtics before they can talk about winning it all, especially with the back-to-back NBA champions most likely their final hurdle.

2019 NBA All-Star Game: Ranking all 27 players selected for Charlotte

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2019 NBA All-Star Game: Ranking all 27 players selected for Charlotte

The stars are coming out in Charlotte on Sunday night.

Twenty-seven of the NBA's best players were selected to the annual All-Star Game, with 26 participating (Pacers guard Victor Oladipo was selected, but is out with an injury).

Warriors stars Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, and Klay Thompson will represent Golden State. It is Durant's tenth appearance, Curry's sixth, and Thompson's fifth.

The game typically includes only 24 players -- 12 on each roster -- but this year, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made an exception for "legacy players," Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat and Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks.

This will be the second consecutive year that the game will not be East vs. West, but rather a combination of all players selected by team captains in a draft format.

This season, Lakers' LeBron James and Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo were team captains. James selected Durant and Thompson, while The Greek Freak took Curry.

Where do these three Warriors stars compare to the rest of the elite? How do the rest of the All-Stars stack up?

Let's rank 'em, from No. 27 through No. 1

VIEW THE RANKINGS RIGHT HERE