The Toronto Raptors Point Guard Situation

Sachin AroraCorrespondent IJune 6, 2010

TORONTO, ON - APRIL 26:  Jose Calderon #8 of the Toronto Raptors reacts to a call in a against the Orlando Magic in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at the Air Canada Centre April 26, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario. The Magic defeated the Raptors 106-94 to take a 3-1 series lead.  (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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The point guard spot is full of questions this upcoming year for Toronto. It was probably the most inconsistent position for the Raptors this year. At times it was the most productive, at times the least.

Jose Calderon had a horrible year, at least with his standards. He used to be a great point guard, with the best assist to turnover ratio in the league, and a quick first step. Now it seems as though he has lost his confidence, lost his swagger, lost something.

Jarrett Jack was a great pick-up for Toronto, and most people say that he was the better point guard by far. While Jack is a better defender than Calderon, that’s not to say that he’s a lockdown point guard. Jack provided sparks at times, but he was very inconsistent as well.

In my opinion, Calderon was less effective because Hedo Turkoglu was in town. Hedo wanted the ball in his hands most of the time to create plays, and this made Calderon less effective. Calderon is a better playmaker than Jack, but Jack is a better scorer.

Bryan Colangelo said he is going to trade one of them, but which one would be the best one to trade?

Most people’s first choice is Calderon because of his huge contract, but if we trade for a scorer, I would rather trade Jack. Jack filled a lot of scoring holes this season, but if we acquire a scoring wingman in a trade for Jack and let’s say Turkoglu, then why not keep Jose?

Marcus Banks was the third part of the equation this season, and he was very solid when called upon. Would you guys be complaining if the Raps had Banks as a backup, but we had a decent starting wingman?

There are a few possible scenarios that could play out with the point guard position. The first one and the most likely is trading Jose Calderon. I don’t think this is the best option, but if we trade Calderon we should try and acquire a tough center or a defensive wingman if we are going to keep the scoring Jack.

The next scenario is keeping both of the point guards. This wouldn’t be bad because if one of them goes down with an injury, the Raptors aren’t completely screwed. And, they both challenge each other and have different dimensions that the other doesn’t, and can provide different aspects to the team. 

The final scenario, which I think is the best one, is to trade Jarrett Jack and another player for a scoring wingman, an all-star caliber player. This would fill Jack’s scoring void, and Calderon would regain his confidence because he would be guaranteed the starting job, and he can get back to being an effective playmaker.

But hey, let’s just wait and see what happens.

Hopefully Mr. Colangelo makes the right choice.

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