January 31, 2013
Jose Calderon a true pro
By RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency
TORONTO - When one era begins, another one often ends.
Such is the case with Jose Calderon giving way to Rudy Gay.
While Ed Davis was on only the second chapter of his Toronto tenure, Calderon completed a full book.
And what a story it was.
Having made a name for himself playing for club and country in Spain, Calderon signed with the Raptors as a 23-year-old (24 by the time he suited up a few months later) undrafted free agent. The best move, as it turned out, by former general manager Rob Babcock.
Calderon didn’t look like much to start. He struggled to shoot the ball and battled through flagging confidence backing up Mike James in a lost season.
But gradually, Calderon figured things out, eventually joining the exclusive 50-40-90 shooting club for a season (50% or better average from the field, 40% from three, 90% from the line) and earning a perennial place near the top of the NBA’s assist-to-turnover ratio leaderboard.