Raptors head coach Jay Triano doesn't expect to lose sleep this season worrying about the point guard position.
Triano believes Jose Calderon and Jarrett Jack will complement each other the way Calderon and T.J. Ford did when they played together during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.
However, Triano has to be aware that too much of a good thing can sometimes backfire.
Not that he foresees any problems, but there were occasions when Ford expected to start over the team’s supposed No. 1 point guard, Calderon, and that resulted in some controversy.
Whether that happens with Calderon and Jack remains to be seen, but Jack, who has proven to be a capable starter when he gets the chance, is not about to make any demands or suggestions as who should start at the point, or which roles he and Calderon should play.
“We haven’t talked about any of that,” said Jack following a team practice at the Air Canada Centre Sunday. “When my number’s called, I’ll just try to be ready.”
Jack, 25, started 53 games for the Indiana Pacers last season and posted good numbers, averaging 4.1 assists and 13.1 points. He started 79 games for Portland during the 2006-07 season and averaged 5.3 assists and 12.0 points, while also playing solid defence.
On many teams, Jack would be the starter, but in Toronto, he will really have to turn heads to replace Calderon.
But that isn’t something the former Georgia Tech star is worried about.
“I just hope for an opportunity regardless of what it is, starting or coming off the bench, playing point guard or two guard. I just want an opportunity,” he said.
Calderon posted career numbers last season: 8.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 12.8 points per game, while starting 68 games, though he was hampered defensively because of a sore hamstring.
In any case, Triano believes that the point will be a major strength for the Raptors.
“It will be competition in practice every day, and when you have that competition, it makes you concentrate more and play harder,” he said.
“I think when we go to the bench, we’re not going to lose a beat. We’re going to have a different look maybe in some cases. But at the same time, they’re both similar in the style that they play.
“I think the intensity which we can play for longer periods of time will be at a all-time high because we have two point guards.”
Triano said he isn’t worried about Jack, who can expect to see considerable minutes playing at the two, and Calderon pushing each other to the point where there’s any animosity.
“Reggie (Evans) goes out and beats our guys up every day in practice. But when he’s playing with his teammates, when they’re playing together, he’s their best teammate and best supporter,” said the coach. “And I expect all our players to act like that.”
“To be honest, if they ask me today who’s starting tomorrow, I don’t even know,” the coach added. “I have no plan or agenda right now as far as minutes or starting positions. That’s something we’ll think about as we get closer to the first game.”