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Old 09-11-2008, 02:14 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi this is my first thread and im very excite!!! Well Im not sure if this article has been posted already on the forum but its nice to remind us of just how great jose is

By Jonathan Lee

Perhaps one of the most unlikely feats in major sports history occurred in the NBA this month yet went almost entirely unnoticed. The player accomplished the feat in complete anonymity, and most basketball fans would have trouble even recognizing him if he walked by on the street.

Jose Calderon, point guard for the Toronto Raptors, recorded 66 assists with only a single turnover over 8 games in April. He followed up that incredible streak with 8 more assists without a turnover in the first playoff game against Orlando. He finally coughed up the ball on a bad pass at the end of the first quarter in Game 2, but not before notching two more assists. That brought his total to 76 straight assists with just a single turnover. At first glance the feat might seem not so impressive, but becomes more mind-boggling when delving into the numbers.

Turnovers are commonplace in basketball. It takes only a single moment of lost concentration, a bad cut by a teammate, or some defensive pressure to lead to a single turnover. NBA teams turn the ball over between 11 and 15 percent of their total possessions throughout the course of every game. Calderon, as a point guard, handles the ball more often than not when on the floor. His ability to maintain possession of the ball and to make the correct decisions about when to pass or shoot is invaluable to the Raptors. He creates easier shots for his teammates while creating more opportunities to score through his ability to simply not give up the ball to the other team. Toronto is much more efficient offensively, and is no worse defensively when he is on the floor than when he is not.

Calderon led the league in assist-to-turnover ratio by a wide margin this season. His 5.38 ratio dwarfed Brevin Knight who was second at 4.62. The streak is incredible when thinking just about Calderon’s numbers. By his own average performance he should have turned the ball over at least 14 times. Instead, he only coughed it up once.

Historically, the best season I could find with regards to assist-to-turnover ratio was turned in by the diminutive Muggsy Bogues in 1989-90. That season, while playing for the Charlotte Hornets, Bogues turned the ball over just once for every 5.94 assists. The season the great John Stockton ever had in this category was the same season when he posted a 4.17 ratio. Using those numbers, the odds of duplicating just Calderon’s regular season feat are incredibly long:

Stockton (89-90): 1 in 1,000,000

Calderon (07-08): 27 in 1,000,000

Bogues (89-90): 55 in 1,000,000
This is done by looking at the chances of completing 66 straight assists with 1 or 0 turnovers based on the players’ assist/turnover ratios. Statistically, this feat is even more difficult to match than even Joe DiMaggio’s 56 game hit streak in the major leagues (1 in 100,000)! The fact that Calderon added on to his streak in the playoffs is all the more impressive.
source - http://accuscore.com/articles/nba-ar...se-calderon--/
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