Wednesday , Apr , 01 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Is Toronto’s Jose Calderon an All-Star?

Even after taking into account Calderon’s health issues and improved play, this is still a stretch. The Spaniard, when injury-free and in top form, can be a good table-setter, but isn’t an All-Star. Calderon has significant shortcomings on defense. Ideally, All-Stars should help their team get stops, or, at the very least, not get exposed. But because of poor quickness and below average size, opponents go after Calderon …


Is Toronto's Jose Calderon an All-Star?

Breaking news mixed with analysis …

Their News: “Jose Calderon, when healthy, is arguably an All-Star point guard.” Leo Rautins, Toronto game analyst (For the record, I’m a big fan of Rautins and all broadcasters on Raptors TV). 

Our Very Quick Analysis: Well, let the argument begin.

Even after taking into account Calderon’s health issues and improved play, this is still a stretch. The Spaniard, when injury-free and in top form, can be a good table-setter, but isn’t an All-Star.

Calderon has significant shortcomings on defense. Ideally, All-Stars should help their team get stops, or, at the very least, not get exposed. But because of poor quickness and below average size, opponents go after Calderon.

His coach admits he’s a liability. Following a recent win over Chicago, Toronto interim sideline boss Jay Triano basically conceded Calderon’s defense makes him a target.

“As the point guard goes at the defensive end, so does your team,” Triano said, shrugging. “Not that we were great defensively. But this (Chicago) is a tough team for us to play.” (Globe and Mail)

Sure, super rookie Derrick Rose is a difficult match-up. Yet, true All-Stars don’t have their coaches making excuses or condoning their weaknesses –even when they drop an impressive 19 assists in an overtime victory.

He also has offensive limitations. All-Star point guards should be able to create their own shots. For example, with the shot clock winding down, Chris Paul and Deron Williams can always attack the basket or nail a jumper. Perhaps it’s more noticeable because shot-first T.J. Ford is now with the Pacers, but Calderon’s inability to produce opportunities and to score has hurt the Raptors.

An All-Star point guard should outplay other point guards in his conference. Here’s the question: does Calderon, even when healthy, trump Atlanta’s Mike Bibby, Boston’s Rajon Rondo, Cleveland’s Mo Williams, Chicago’s Rose, New Jersey’s Devin Harris, Orlando’s Jameer Nelson, or Philadelphia’s Andre Miller? At times, Calderon keeps pace, but isn’t consistently better than any of these players.

It’s been a confusing season in Toronto. This much is clear: Calderon is not an All-Star.  

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