- Created on Tuesday, 08 October 2013 17:38
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 00:05
- Written by David Rountree
Jose Calderon has been an underrated passer for years and now he is a member of the Dallas Maverick organization. Calderon’s pass-first mentality is something that will be sorely needed this season for a team in searching. The Mavericks have almost a completely new cast surrounding former MVP Dirk Nowitzki, and haven’t had a chance yet to establish an identity. Most experts and fans expect the team to be flirting with the lottery next season, and it is still a strong possibility in the wild-wild Western conference.
The Mavericks have several players that are scorers but no one to facilitate the offense, other than Calderon. He has been known to explode in the assists column throughout last season, posting several games with numbers in the high-teens. Calderon even notched an epic 18 assists game last season versus Washington, so he can really find people. He was also one of the league leaders in assists/turnover ratio as well.
Calderon did most of his magic with a sub-par Toronto Raptors and Detroit Pistons squad, so look for his numbers to sky-rocket while playing with explosive scorers like Monta Ellis and Nowitzki. He averaged almost 8 assists last year, with his new teammates it could easily go over in double-digits.
He can also score the basketball on his own, shooting at an extremely efficient rate. He shot almost 50% from the field last season (49.1%). His three point percentage was almost as high at about 47%. Playing with Nowitzki will give him plenty of open looks from behind the arc.
Calderon is currently recovering from a hamstring injury and it is not clear as of yet if he will be the starting point guard for the Mavericks. The only other player that may be in contention is former Maverick Devin Harris but his score-first mentality may clash with the starting lineup. Don’t be surprised to see him as the team’s go-to sixth man.
The Maverick’s future is still up in the air, they likely won’t contend for a title, but if Calderon can come into his own it could be a very interesting season for them.