Jose Calderon Speaker Profile
Guard for the Toronto Raptors
Jose Calderon Biography
Jose Calderon was born September 28, 1981, in Villanueva dela Serena, Spain and is a Spanish professional basketball player who plays forthe National Basketball Association's (NBA) Toronto Raptors and the Spanishnational team.
On July 9, 2008, CalderÃ³n re-signed with the Raptors to a multi-year deal,reported to be worth $7.5 million to $8.5 million a season. With thedeparture of Ford to the Indiana Pacers, the Spaniard was slated to start thepoint guard position for the Raptors. At the same time, new acquisitionJermaine O'Neal formed the frontcourt with Bosh. However, 17 games into theseason, Toronto fired head coach Sam Mitchell and the line-ups were constantlyshuffled. By the end of 2008, the Raptors were 12-20, but with CalderÃ³n out foralmost a month thereafter, the team slipped to 16-28. When CalderÃ³n returned tothe Raptors lineup, he helped snap a seven-game losing streak with a 114-94victory 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 consecutivefree throws made (87). On 13 March 2009, CalderÃ³n surpassed Alvin Williams'franchise record for career assists with 1795. On 29 March 2009, in a gameagainst Chicago, he tied the franchise record for most assists in game with 19,and not long after, set an NBA record for highest free-throw percentage in aseason. These records, however, were overshadowed by the Raptors rapidlyfalling out of the playoffs picture soon after the All-Star break, and thecriticism CalderÃ³n faced for being unable to defend and play an up-tempo game.Toronto eventually finished with a 33-49 record, with the Spaniard leadingthe Eastern Conference in assists per game and the league in free throwpercentage and assist-to-turnover ratio.
The Raptors underwent a significant roster overhaul in thepreseason, such as bringing Jarrett Jack from Indiana to play as CalderÃ³n'sback-up and point forward Hedo TÃ¼rkoğlu to share in ball-handling duties. Witha third of the season gone, the Spaniard picked up an injury that put him outfor 12 games, resulting in Jack holding on to the starting spot even upon theformer's return, paralleling the Ford-CalderÃ³n scenario in 2007-08. Still, thepair combined well and helped bring the Raptors to a 21-20 record at themid-season mark.
CalderÃ³n was ranked fifth in assists per game (8.9) at theconclusion of the regular season.
On February 12, 2012, CalderÃ³n scored a career high 30points in a 94-92 loss against the Lakers.
A pure point guard, CalderÃ³n is known for being a pass-first, low-turnoverplaymaker. Offensively, he is a capable shooter, with consistent range up tothe 3-point line. He is also one of the best free throw shooters in the NBA,having set an NBA record for free throw shooting (98.1%) in 2008-09.
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