Toronto Raptors: Is Jose Calderon the Most Underrated PG in the NBA?

Patrick Yaghoobians@PyaghoobiansAnalyst IIJanuary 19, 2011

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 07:  Jose Calderon #8 of the Toronto Raptors looks to pass as Ray Allen #20 of the Boston Celtics defends on January 7, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Raptors 122-102. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Jose Calderon was not someone who was drafted in an NBA Draft. Instead, he was sought after by former Raptors GM Rob Babcock who eventually persuaded Jose to come and play for the Toronto Raptors. This seemed to be a move that would definitely benefit the Raptors in the future.

Entering the league, Calderon had his struggles but eventually found his groove. After T.J Ford was traded away from the club, Jose really began to shine. He led the league in assists-per-turnover ratio (6.25) and almost broke the previous NBA record.

Entering the season, Calderon was pretty much expected to be your average PG who averaged 10 points and seven assists. Although he has averaged those stats, his assists are slightly higher. He is averaging 10.3 PPG and 8.4 APG.

Those are not amazing numbers by any standard, but there are stats that many people look at in the current NBA. One of those stats is the assists-per-turnover ratio. Calderon's current number for that particular stat is 4.1.

He is only 0.03 behind the leader, new Orleans Hornets PG Chris Paul. Just yesterday he was the leader in that current stat but after recording 13 assists with seven turnovers, that number dropped a bit taking him to second spot which is still a great number.

Jose is also a great shooter when it comes to his skills. He can get to the basket with no trouble and has a great jump shot. He only takes about nine shots per game this season, making approximately 48 percent of them.

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Not only is Calderon a good shooter from close and mid-range, he can shoot the long ball with much ease. His three-point percentage stands at 43 percent, good enough for 13th in the league.

Some more positives about Calderon includes his free throw shooting ability. He is making about 80 percent of his free throws this season. This is coming from a player who lead the NBA in free throw shooting just two season ago with an exceptional 98 percent free throw shooting percentage!!!

The only flaws of Calderon's play is his defence, which has been much improved than previous seasons. He is easily beaten by point guards who are faster than him, and his vertical is not high enough to contest the opposing player's shot. With those being his only real flaws, Calderon can do great  His fast hands have let him average 1.1 SPG. He is also great at preventing an inbounded ball from getting to the opposing PG.

Jose Calderon should definitely be given some credit for what he does. The Raptors are still a young team with a lot of potential and with a strong core of Bargnani, DeRozan and Davis, along with veterans such as Calderon, the Raptors might make some pushes for the playoffs in a couple of seasons.

Thanks for reading.


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