Jose Calderon was brought to the Dallas Mavericks for his playmaking ability, but he didn’t waste any time before showcasing his knack for scoring as well.
Calderon made his Mavericks debut just one game ago, but he’s already proving he can add more than just elite passing. Much has been made of Calderon’s high percentage three-point shooting, and that has carried over so far as well, as he’s hit three out of five this preseason.
However, it’s been Calderon’s aggressive nature that has really stood out so far. He’s shooting confidently off the dribble, and he’s cutting to the basket to get easy layups. In the first game, he shot five free throws, which is almost always a direct result of aggressively moving toward the basket.
I’ll be honest, without having personally watched a ton of Calderon when he was with the Toronto Raptors or Detroit Pistons, I was expecting him to fit more of a Jason Kidd-type role on offense. By that, I mean I expected that he would be mainly a distributor, with most of his points coming from weakside three pointers.
As with all preseason observations, this is highly subject to change once the regular season begins. It’s likely that he’ll more actively look to get the ball over to Dirk Nowitzki or Monta Ellis, who will be the main scorers for the team.
Because of that change, he’ll probably average more assists than he has in the preseason since he only has eight between the two games but has averaged over seven per game for his career. What shouldn’t change much is his ball security, as he hasn’t turned the ball over yet as a Maverick.
Again, it’s pretty early to tell for sure, but it looks like the Mavericks’ point guard position is in better hands this year than it was at the same time last year.