Detroit Pistons fans are going to have to be patient with Jose Calderon.
Calderon made his home debut as a Piston Wednesday in a 93-90 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, and had eight points.
He’s basically taking over for the popular Tayshaun Prince in a trade last week that involved Rudy Gay and brought Calderon to Detroit.
“We’re talking about a guy that’s been in the league for eight years. It’s just going to be a matter of feel; his and also the other four guys playing with him and understanding what his strengths are. We’re going to go through ripple effect. When you make a change, it doesn’t just affect the guy coming in, it affects everyone else too. There’s going to be a ripple effect, and that’s part of it. It’s short-term pain for long-term gain.”
Calderon got the starting assignment, in effect taking over Prince’s role. He saw more than 30 minutes, but only took seven shots from the floor, making three and scoring eight points.
But, he was very effective as a playmaker with nine assists. He basically starts in a three-guard offense that also includes Kyle Singler and Brandon Knight. It’s a matter of Calderon learning his role and how to blend in with the other players. It could take some time, although the Pistons are quickly running out of it.
The Pistons are looking for Calderon to produce in the clutch, and give Detroit at shot at the playoffs, but that might be asking for too much right now.