Looking back when Calderon started drawing some attention from the NBA
Old 09-13-2008, 09:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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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Old 09-13-2008, 10:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I was surprised cuz I hadn't heard of him and I didn't see the raps drafting him either
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Old 09-14-2008, 06:30 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't agree too much with that quote, about being more a scorer than a distributor.

Just for the sake of remembering old times, here you have the 2004 final of the Cup between Tau and Joventut, lot of known players:

http://acbtv.acb.com/video/812
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I remember us and Detroit going after him pretty hard. At the time I remember that if Detroit really wanted him to play PG then he HAD to have some talent worth meriting that much attention. Plus, the Babcock signing (his best move ever) was for low money and little risk. I remember though of him being more of a distributor and a guy with no shot.
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I waited and watched how he played in the Final Series in Spain after he was signed here. And I was more than happy to see how he showed leadership, controlled the game, and was always thinking - usually aloud. I didn't see much of a slasher, but then I didn't see anything that defined him greatly beyond how he tried to work the flow of the game, and that aspect I found very promising.
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I remember us and Detroit going after him pretty hard. At the time I remember that if Detroit really wanted him to play PG then he HAD to have some talent worth meriting that much attention. Plus, the Babcock signing (his best move ever) was for low money and little risk. I remember though of him being more of a distributor and a guy with no shot.
x2. It took him that summer after his rookie season to develop his shot, and IMO he's turned into one of the raptor's most efficient, reliable scorers.

Definitely a testament to how hard the man has worked though. Scouted as a slasher with weak ball distribution abilities; now touted as an efficient scorer with one of the most effective passing games in the L.
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