Detroit Piston Players Praise Contributions From Jose Calderon

By John Raffel
Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Calderon continues to make the Detroit Pistons look good for acquiring him in a recent NBA deal.

The deal involved Tayshaun Price and Austin Daye going to the Memphis Grizzlies and Rudy Gay going to the Toronto Raptors.

“Jose is a solid player for us,” said rookie Kyle Singler. “ He’s been a great addition. Just things outside the court; his enthusiasm is great for the team. But his ability to come in and make threes, spread the court, and give us another ball-handler on the court is very valuable to our team, and it’s nice to have him out there toward the end of the game.”

In Wednesday’s 96-85 victory over the Washington Wizards, Calderon was 9-of-17 from the floor including 6-of-9 from the 3-point area and dished out three assists for 24 points. He has shown with the Pistons that a change of scenery may have done him wonders. In 45 games with Toronto, who averaged 11.1 points and 7.4 assists per game and shot 47 percent from the floor and 47 percent in threes.

After six games with Detroit, he’s averaging 15.0 points per game and 7.0 assists, plus 1.7 steals and is shooting 56. 9 percent from the floor and 55.2 in threes. He looks more relaxed and is shooting much better for the Pistons than he did for the Raptors.

“I’m making the right plays as well as looking for Jose and the hot hand,” said veteran guard Will Bynum. “I think it’s just chemistry. It’s the first couple games together, and I’m sure as we continue to play together we’re going to get better and better. I’m loving it and I look forward to continue playing with him.”

Calderon obviously wants the Pistons to improve from their current 21-33 mark. They just might if he continues to shoot this well.

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