Moon month's top rook

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 7:53 AM ET

Even by his own admission it wasn't his best month in the NBA, but it's not like Jamario Moon was going to turn down the honour.

Moon yesterday was named Rookie of the Month for January by the NBA, the seventh player in Raptors history to achieve the honour following the two Andrea Bargnani had early last year.

Moon says his best basketball this year was in the five games in early December that Chris Bosh missed. Moon was a force on the boards in those games, averaging just under 10 a game to help offset the loss of Bosh. The Raps were 2-3 in his absence.

For the month of January, Moon averaged 8.7 points, six rebounds and 1.7 assists in 30 minutes a game for 13 games. The Raps were 8-5 in January.

RAPS AND WINS PRODUCED

Wins produced, by definition, is a single stat which takes into account all stats tabulated for a single player to come up with one number. It's a complicated formula but for a much more thorough definition go to www.wagesofwins.com. Using that stat for the first half of the season, the highest rated Raptor is Jose Calderon, who grades out tied for 11th with Washington's Caron Butler among the NBA's 446 players. Calderon apparently produced 8.5 wins in the first half. Tops in the league in the first half was Orlando's Dwight Howard, who was at 14.6. That's the good news. The bad news is the 446th player on this list is Raptors sophomore Andrea Bargnani who, according to this statistic, produced -3.5 wins in the Raptors' first 41 games.

RED HOT IN JANUARY

Jose Calderon has to be a little unhappy to see January go. The Raptors point guard led the Eastern Conference in assists with 10.4 a game. He also averaged a double-double, with 14.9 points and those 10.4 assists and was second in three point shooting (.511).


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