Jose Calderon Needs to Find Balanced Role with Detroit Pistons

By Cody Williams
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The biggest deal that went down before the NBA Trade Deadline was undoubtedly the deal that sent Rudy Gay from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Toronto Raptors. However, one of the parts that’s often overlooked about that trade is that Jose Calderon was traded from Toronto to the Detroit Pistons.

For the Raptors, Calderon was a solid player, averaging 11.1 points and 7.4 assists per game on 47 percent shooting from the field and 42.9 percent shooting from long-range. He wasn’t a superstar, but he definitely had a place on their team. The biggest knock on Calderon was that he definitely played in a shoot-first manner.

In his first 10 games with Detroit, he played pretty much the same way, averaging 13.5 points and 5.9 assists per game. His percentages went up to 53.7 percent from the field and 56.4 percent from beyond-the-arc, but he was also taking more shot attempts per game.

In the Pistons’ last three contests however, Calderon seems to have embraced playing another way. He has averaged 6.7 points and 12.7 assists per game while taking two fewer field goal attempts per game. The only real issue is that he’s shot 31.8 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three.

Going forward with the Pistons, Calderon needs to find a balance between these two vastly different types of performances when he develops his role. He needs to effectively feed his teammates and facilitate the offense, but he also has to take his shots when they’re there. If he’s able to find that balance, Detroit’s future definitely looks a lot more promising.

Cody Williams is a Senior NBA Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20 and like his Facebook page.

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