Will Jose Calderon Be Picked Up by Denver Nuggets?

Sean StancillSenior Writer IMay 14, 2008

As the Denver Nuggets desperately search for a point guard, one player comes to mind:  Jose Calderon

He's in the last year of his contract and will become a restricted free agent in the offseason. Calderon has been quoted as saying he will not return to Toronto unless he's guaranteed the starting job and that he would like to go to contender.

He had the best assist to turnover ratio in the NBA (5.38) and was sixth in the NBA in assists with 8.3.  Calderon averaged 11.2 PPG, 8.3 APG, 1.1 SPG and was also one of the best free throw shooters in the league, shooting a blistering 90.8 percent from the line.

Here's why the Nuggets should sign Jose Calderon:

1. Calderon brings size at 6-3 210 lbs, great ball handling, another scoring option, and the desire to win to Denver.

Calderon gets the keys to the Nuggets' offense with mediocre point guards Anthony Carter, Chucky Atkins, and Taurean Green making up their current squad. Carter is a free agent this offseason.

2. The Nuggets will become a much more balanced team with the ball in Jose's hands. As a result, Iverson's touches will slightly decrease. Iverson will no longer have to become the point guard and the shooting guard; something that may have forced him to make out of control plays and shoot unnecessary shots.

3. Calderon will be able to mix control into the Nuggets tempo which will reduce the amount of turnovers, but also the fastbreak points. Denver's fast tempo will always be there, but when the offensive stalls, he'll be able to slow down the tempo, break down defenses, and create opportunities for his teammates.

To all Toronto fans, believing Jose Calderon doesn't want to leave read this: 


He's about ready to part ways with the Raptors. 

The Denver Nuggets can certainly use the services of Jose Calderon and I believe it would be a great match for both player and team.