Jose Calderon is like a cross between Chris Duhon and Steve Nash. This frankly unhelpful statement doesn't really mean anything, and is so jarringly pointless that I might as well said that he's a cross between Iker Casillas and Susan Boyle (i.e. he's Spanish and she's got eyebrows that badly need plucking), but there might be a point to it somewhere if you let me explain it.
The parallels with Nash come from Calderon's high assist numbers, great turnover numbers, good ball handling, low turnovers, terrific scoring efficiency, strong jumpshooting, preference for jumpshooting, ability to get to the rim, lack of athleticism, open door defense, and the fact that he's white.
The parallel with Duhon comes from the way that Calderon's misleading assist numbers largely come from easy passes, his inability to run the fast break (Chicago-era Duhon), and his overratedness (Knicks-era Duhon).
Jose Calderon fact: In addition to being a fabled TV presenter, musician, singer, cartoonist, celebrity, painter and beard owner, Jose Calderon was also the Australian Junior 110 yards Backstroke Champion way back in 1946. Little known fact for you there.
(Nope, hang on, I'm thinking of Rolf Harris.)
- 17th June, 2009.