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José Calderón
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Toronto Raptors  – No. 8
Point guard
Born September 28, 1981 (1981-09-28) (age 28)
Villanueva de la Serena, Badajoz, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
League NBA
Draft Undrafted
Pro career 1998–present
Former teams Diputación Foral Alava (Spain)
(1998–1999)
CB Lucentum Alicante (Spain)
(1999–2001)
Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (Spain)
(2001–2002)
Tau Cerámica (Spain) (2002–2005)
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José Manuel Calderón Borrallo (born September 28, 1981, in Villanueva de la Serena, Badajoz) is a Spanish professional basketball player who plays for the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Toronto Raptors and the Spanish national team. He is the Raptors' starting point guard. Calderón is a capable shooter, with consistent range out to the 3-point line. He is also one of the best free throw shooters in the NBA, but in spite of his shooting skills, Calderón is a pass-first, low-turnover point guard.

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European career

The 6'3" (1.90 m), 210 lb (95 kg) Calderón spent his first six seasons playing in Europe. He made his Spanish league debut playing for CB Lucentum Alicante.[1] He switched teams to Baloncesto Fuenlabrada in the 2001–02 season, but seeing his playing time curtailed, he moved again the next season to TAU Cerámica.[1] There, Calderón played behind former NBA guard Elmer Bennett at point for most of the season, and in the 2003–04 season, he won the King's Cup with TAU Cerámica.[1] In 2005, he led TAU Cerámica to the Euroleague Final Four, where they finished second.[1]

NBA career

Calderón played mostly off the bench in his rookie season (2005–06) with the Raptors
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Rookie season

Calderón entered the NBA when former Raptors GM Rob Babcock persuaded the Spanish guard to sign with the Toronto Raptors on 3 August 2005.[2] Known as a talented playmaker, Calderón struggled with his shooting in his first year in the NBA. By the end of the 2005–06 season, he was ranked third among all rookies in assists with 4.5 per game.[1] He finished the season with 64 played games, having started in 11 of them.[1] He averaged 5.5 points, 4.5 assists, 2.2 rebounds and an assists-per-turnover ratio of 2.85.[1]

2006–07 season

Throughout the 2006–07 season, Calderón played primarily as backup to T. J. Ford, turning in solid numbers from the bench.[3] As acknowledged by coach Sam Mitchell as well as his teammates, Calderón's form was instrumental to the Raptors' push for a playoff spot, and later, the Atlantic Division title.[4] He ended his regular season with improved averages of 8.8 points and 5.1 assists per game and .525 in field goal percentage, even though he had less playing time compared to his rookie season.[5] In the 2007 NBA Playoffs, Calderón played in all of Toronto's games in the series against the New Jersey Nets, but the Raptors were defeated 4–2.[6] Calderón averaged 13.0 points and 5.3 assists per game in his first ever NBA playoff season.[5]

Calderón taking a jump shot in a 2006–07 game against the Washington Wizards

2007–08 season

Toronto continued to deploy Ford and Calderón in tandem for the point guard position to good effect. Ford was injured for several games in November and December and the Spaniard stepped in with impressive performances.[7] In three games against the Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls, Calderón provided 37 assists while committing only three turnovers.[8] 14 games into the season, he was also leading the league in assist-to-turnover ratio with 5.67 to 1,[9] but even so, he said: "But how I feel about the team right now is that we need T.J. Ford [for the next game]."[10] 35 games into the season, the Spaniard increased the turnover ratio to 6.15 to 1, setting him on course to break an NBA record (he went to end the season as the league-leader with 5.38 to 1).[11][12] He became only the sixth player in NBA history to shoot at least 50% on field goals, 40% on three-pointers, and 90% on free-throws. By mid-season, he was touted as a possibility for making the All-Star reserve team.[13] Even after Ford returned from injury for the final third of the campaign, Calderón was able to keep his place in the starting lineup. Ford had initially agreed to playing backup, but reportedly became frustrated at not being able to start.[14] Calderón eventually asked the coaching staff to play Ford as starter instead, leading to widespread praise from the coaching staff, his team mates, and fans. Given that he was going to become a free agent by the end of the campaign, there were even calls for Ford to be traded so that the team could be built around Calderón as point guard.[14] By the end of the regular season, Calderón was fifth in the league for assists per game,[12] and in the 2008 NBA Playoffs, Ford split the playing time with him about equally, with the two players combining for averages of 23.4 points and 13.6 assists per game.[5][15] However, the Raptors were eliminated by the Orlando Magic in the first round four games to one.[16]

2008–09 season

On 9 July 2008, Calderón re-signed with the Raptors to a multi-year deal.[17] With the departure of Ford to the Indiana Pacers, the Spaniard was slated to start the point guard position for the Raptors. At the same time, new acquisition Jermaine O'Neal formed the frontcourt with Bosh. However, 17 games into the season, Toronto fired head coach Sam Mitchell and the line-ups were constantly shuffled. By the end of 2008, the Raptors were 12–20, but with Calderón out for almost a month thereafter, the team slipped to 16–28. When Calderón returned to the Raptors lineup, he helped snap a seven-game losing streak with a 114–94 victory over Chicago, recording 23 points on 9-of-10 shooting and 10 assists. Not long after, he set the second-longest streak in NBA history for consecutive free throws made (87).[18] On 13 March 2009, Calderón surpassed Alvin Williams' franchise record for career assists with 1795.[19] On 29 March 2009, in a game against Chicago, he tied the franchise record for most assists in game with 19,[20] and not long after, set an NBA record for highest free-throw percentage in a season. These records, however, were overshadowed by the Raptors rapidly falling out of the playoffs picture soon after the All-Star break, and the criticism Calderón faced for being unable to defend and play an up-tempo game. Toronto eventually finished with a 33–49 record,[21] with the Spaniard leading the Eastern Conference in assists per game and the league in free throw percentage and assist-to-turnover ratio.[22][23]

Going for a layup against the Orlando Magic, 22 November 2009

International career

Medal record
Men's Basketball
Competitor for  Spain
Olympics
Silver 2008 Beijing Spain
World Championships
Gold 2006 Japan Spain
European Championships
Silver 2003 Sweden Spain
Silver 2007 Spain Spain

Calderón has enjoyed a successful international career. When he played for Spain's national youth team, he won the gold medal at the 1998 FIBA Europe Under-18 Championship, as well as the bronze medal at the 2000 FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship.[1] As his career advanced, the point guard began appearing for the Spanish national senior team. Calderón was part of the Spanish national team which finished fifth at the 2002 World Championships and second at the 2003 European Championships. [1] He was later named the team captain during the 2004 Summer Olympics,[1] and on 3 September 2006, Calderón and his Spanish squad defeated Greece, and won the 2006 FIBA World Championship along with future Raptors teammate, Jorge Garbajosa.[1] In EuroBasket 2007, Calderón and Garbajosa again featured for the Spanish team. In the knockout stages, Calderón recorded a game-high 17 points as Spain defeated Germany 83–55 in the quarter-finals.[24] In the semi-finals, Calderón scored 18 points in Spain's defeat of Greece.[25] The Spaniard led his team in points again in the final, but Spain lost 60–59 to Russia.[26] In the 2008 Olympics, Calderón was part of the squad that won the silver medal, but was injured and therefore could not play in the semifinal and the final game. He averaged 7.3 points per game in the tournament.[27]

Off the court

On 2 March 2007, the Raptors announced that Calderón was named as a Right To Play Athlete Ambassador.[28] Right To Play is an athlete-driven international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play as a tool for the development of children and youth in the most disadvantaged areas of the world.[28] As part of the program, Calderón pledged $1000 for every assist he recorded in a home game against the Chicago Bulls on 26 November 2007. He ended the game with 14 assists.[29]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Correct as of 15 January 2010[5]

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005–06 Toronto 64 11 23.2 .423 .163 .848 2.2 4.5 .7 .1 5.5
2006–07 Toronto 77 11 21.0 .521 .333 .818 1.7 5.0 .8 .1 8.7
2007–08 Toronto 82 56 30.3 .519 .429 .908 2.9 8.3 1.1 .1 11.2
2008–09 Toronto 68 68 34.3 .497 .406 .981 2.9 8.9 1.1 .1 12.8
2009–10 Toronto 28 22 29.9 .525 .414 .808 2.0 6.0 .7 .2 11.6
Career 319 168 27.4 .502 .387 .886 2.4 6.7 .9 .1 9.8

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2006–07 Toronto 6 1 24.3 .507 .250 .833 1.7 5.3 .8 .0 13.0
2007–08 Toronto 5 0 24.0 .440 .476 1.000 3.6 7.0 .2 .0 11.8
Career 11 1 24.1 .479 .394 .909 2.5 6.1 .6 .0 12.5

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Jose Calderon Info Page - Bio, nba.com, accessed 21 June 2007.
  2. ^ "Raptors Sign Jose Calderon", nba.com/raptors, 3 August 2005, accessed 21 June 2007.
  3. ^ Smith, Doug, "Calderon makes point to remember team first", thestar.com, 20 September 2007, accessed 21 September 2007.
  4. ^ Post-Game Quotes, nba.com/raptors, 31 January 2007, accessed 21 June 2007.
  5. ^ a b c d Jose Calderon Info Page - Career Stats and Totals, nba.com, accessed 21 June 2007.
  6. ^ Raptors Post Up, nba.com/raptors, 4 May 2007, accessed 21 June 2007.
  7. ^ Raptors Cruise Past Mavericks For Third Straight Win, nba.com/raptors, 12 December 2007, accessed 13 December 2007.
  8. ^ Smith, Doug, "Calderon leads Raptors past Bulls", thestar.com, 26 November 2007, accessed 26 November 2007.
  9. ^ 2007-08 TURNOVERS, nba.com, accessed 2 May 2008.
  10. ^ Grange, Michael, "Toronto goes to the well, finds it's deep", globeandmail.com, 25 November 2007, accessed 26 November 2007.
  11. ^ Ewing, Lori, "Humble Calderon on pace for efficiency record", thestar.com, 10 January 2008, accessed 11 January 2008.
  12. ^ a b 2007-08 ASSISTS LEADERS : Assists Per Game, nba.com, accessed 2 May 2008.
  13. ^ Smith, Doug, "Calderon playing like all-star", thestar.com, 27 January 2008, accessed 28 January 2008.
  14. ^ a b Feschuk, Dave, "Raptors' Ford may be wearing out his welcome", thestar.com, 28 March 2008, accessed 29 March 2008.
  15. ^ T.J. Ford Info Page - Career Stats and Totals, nba.com, accessed 8 September 2007.
  16. ^ Magic Beat Raptors, Move to Second Round, nba.com, 29 April 2008, accessed 1 May 2008.
  17. ^ Raptors Re-Sign Calderon, nba.com/raptors, July 9, 2008, accessed July 28, 2008.
  18. ^ Bogut returns as Bucks beat Raptors 96-85, nba.com, 30 January 2009, accessed 3 February 2009.
  19. ^ Hamilton, Pistons beat Raptors 99-95 in overtime, nba.com, 13 March 2009, accessed 14 March 2009.
  20. ^ Bosh, Bargnani lead Raptors to OT win over Bulls, nba.com, 29 March 2009, accessed 30 March 2009.
  21. ^ 2008-09 NBA Season Summary, basketball-reference.com, accessed 16 April 2009.
  22. ^ 2008-09 ASSISTS LEADERS : Assists Per Game, nba.com, accessed 20 April 2009.
  23. ^ 2008-09 FREE THROWS LEADERS: Free Throw Percentage, nba.com, accessed 20 April 2009.
  24. ^ Game card, eurobasket2007.org, 13 September 2007, accessed 14 September 2007.
  25. ^ Boxscore, eurobasket2007.org, 15 September 2007, accessed 16 September 2007.
  26. ^ Game card, eurobasket2007.org, 16 September 2007, accessed 17 September 2007.
  27. ^ Statistics, nbcolympics.com, accessed 26 August 2008.
  28. ^ a b "Jose Calderon Named as Right to Play Ambassador", nba.com/raptors, 2 March 2007, accessed 21 June 2007.
  29. ^ Smith, Doug, "Calderon in a giving mood", thestar.com, 26 November 2007, accessed 26 November 2007.

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