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Old 09-13-2008, 09:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Looking back when Calderon started drawing some attention from the NBA

Last summer Milwaukee offered him a two-year contract, but he refused in order to keep on improving in Spain. Both sides knew what they were doing. On one hand, Calderón is a point guard with the physical set of an NBA player, as he has the best combination of size, strength, athleticism and quickness all over Europe. But on the other, he's still in the process of learning to properly play the point, and a premature jump to the NBA could stunt that.

He's a player that needs to play physical and use his athleticism to really contribute. In the semifinals he started the game in spectacular fashion, being all over the court, scoring in a number of ways, running the floor like crazy, defending and being very aggressive. But because he was not being benched to receive some rest, his game slowed down significantly, and Tau suffered a lot. During the third quarter, coach Ivanovic finally decided to take him out for some minutes, and the contribution of reserve point guard Pablo Priggioni, a better distributor than Calderón, notably improved the fluidity of Tau's offense, helping the team come back for a dramatic ending that resulted in a loss.

He's more of a scorer than a distributor, particularly a great slasher with shooting skills that are improving everyday, but he has been constantly improving his passing skills in the last few seasons. If he keeps up the good work, we could be talking about a top-notch point guard in the near future, as has the tools to succeed at any level.
I was bored so I was searching some random crap, and I came across this article that was written in 2005 in DraftExpress. Its amazing how Jose developed his distribution skill so quickly, since a lot of people had considered Jose a slasher not a floor general... Well I wasnt doing much blogging around that time, so I have little clue as to how Raptors fans reacted to signing of Calderon. So enlighten me in this issue if you guys can. Thanks
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