Raptors point guard Jose Calderon remains team’s key playmaker

Jojo Doria – AHN Sports Contributor

Toronto, ON, Canada (AHN Sports) – Despite playing on a very weak offensive squad, Jose Calderon remains the Toronto Raptors key playmaker and one of the NBA’s premier ball-distributors.

Calderon averaged 22 points, 10 assists, four boards, two three-pointers and 1.5 steals over his last four games entering Friday night.

In Friday’s embarrassing loss to the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, The 30-year-old Spanish point guard totaled 14 points and dished out a team-best eight assists.

He added three boards, two steals and committed just one turnover in support of DeMar DeRozan’s team-high 24 points as the Raptors dropped their fourth straight game and 10 of 13.

In Wednesday’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs, Calderon posted a double-double by scoring 16 points on 8-for-14 shooting and handed out 11 assists.

Though known as a talented playmaker, Calderon has had some issues with his shooting.

Calderon, who signed with the Raptors on Aug. 2005, concluded the 2005-06 season with 4.5 assists per game, good for third place among all rookies.

The 6’3″, 210 lb Spaniard, who spent six sterling seasons playing in Europe before joining the NBA, averaged 5.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and an assists-per-turnover ratio of 2.85 in his NBA rookie season.

At the conclusion of the 2010-11 regular season, Calderon had an 8.9 average assists per game, taking fifth place behind Steve Nash (11.4); Rajon Rondo (11.2); Deron Williams (10.3) and Chris Paul (9.8).

Calderon is currently fourth on the list on the current campaign with 8.8 assists per game.

Calderon has also been a vital cog of Spain’s national team. Spain captured its second consecutive tournament title after defeating France in the final of the EuroBasket 2011.

Calderon was also part of the Spanish team that took home the silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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