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Chris Bosh or Jose Caldron: Raptors, It's Your Pick

Majed RahmanContributor INovember 21, 2009

In order for the Raptors to have any chance in resigning Chris Bosh, Jose Calderon needs to go. If there's a reason why the raptors are so bad defensively, it's because we are always playing a 4 -on-5 game when the opponent has the ball.

Every time a new player on the opposing team has a career or a stat filled night, it's generally the point guard of that team against the Raptors.

It's PLAIN & SIMPLE.

Jose at best is a $10 million backup point guard. He's not starter material. Jack Armstrong must be smoking something lethal if he truly believes Jose is a top 10 PG in this league.

Currently the Raptors are a below .500 team, with a record of 6-7. They got blown out by teams that they should have beaten and a majority of the games that they have won were thanks to Chris Bosh—hands down the best player on this team by a long shot. Andrea Bargnani and Hedo Turkoglu are good players that are still learning the ropes, but Jose—simply atrocious.

In my opinion, I can already name 15-20 PGs that I would consider better then Jose, and at least 40 players who play either guard position that's better than him. Yet at $10 million a year, Jose gets paid like an all-star without the production to back it up.

He is possibly the worst defender in the league, with very limited playmaking skills. His shots aren't dropping either, and he just doesn't have the will to drive and kick or take it strong to the hoop. And it's not that his numbers have dropped dramatically year to year, he's just not that good.

Now apparently Golden State is shopping Monta Ellis. Bryan Colangelo would be smart to inquire about him. If we don't change our PG, we will remain a mediocre team that's going to make the playoffs as probably the seventh or eighth team, but are definitely going to get oust'ed in the first round. 

Note to Jack (raptors commentator to those who doesn't know him)—Here's a list of PG's that I am sure you would agree is better than Jose, either offensively, defensively, or both.

Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Tony Parker, Steve Nash, Mo Williams, Jameer Nelson, Devin Harris, Monta Ellis, Baron Davis, Rajon Rondo, Louis Williams, Brandon Jennings, Derrick Rose, Jason Kidd, Gilbert Arenas, Chauncey Billups, Russell Westbrook, Andre Miller, Tyreke Evans, Allen Iverson, Aaron Brooks, and quite a few backup PG's as well if they are given the minutes that Jose is given—George Hill, Jarret Jack, Jannero Pargo among others come to mind.

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