Jose MIP candidate

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:58 AM ET

Raptors point guard Jose Calderon might have been ripped off in terms of not being named to play in the NBA all-star game this season, but he is becoming a serious candidate for the NBA's Most Improved Player award.

The annual award, which is selected by NBA writers and broadcasters, was won by Monte Ellis of the Golden State Warriors last season.

More and more, Calderon is being mentioned as a serious candidate to win the award for the 2007-08 season.

Last season, the Spanish team guard averaged 8.7 points and 5.0 assists in 77 games, 11 as a starter.

This season, Calderon's numbers have improved dramatically, averaging 12.5 points and 8.7 assists -- fifth best in the NBA. He is shooting a stellar 54% from the field and 46% from three-point range. He leads in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio (5.17), although he has struggled in the past two games, turning the ball over nine times, although he has recorded assists in double digits.

BOSH WORKS OUT

Chris Bosh worked out at the Champions Sports Complex in Orlando yesterday, though not with his teammates.

Bosh hurt his right knee last week and is expected to miss the two games, tonight in Orlando and tomorrow in Miami. A recent MRI revealed that there was no structural damage in the right knee, although it is still swollen and sore. He is listed as day to day.

AROUND THE RIM

Milwaukee Bucks forward Charlie Villanueva played in Toronto for only one season (2005-06) but he continually tells people that he misses the city in a big way. In fact, Villanueva, who was traded to the Bucks for T.J. Ford in June 2006, recently reported that he is looking for a summer home in Ontario's capital.


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