Meet the Mavs: Jose Calderon
Role for Mavs in 2013-14: The Mavs are counting on Calderon to provide stability as the starting point guard, a position that never really got settled last season, when Darren Collison, Derek Fisher and Mike James all manned the spot for stints.
Calderon is a pass-first point guard who commits few turnovers (1.7 per game in his career). The Mavs consider the ability to get the ball in the right spot at the right time a critical element that they lacked last season, which contributed mightily to their crunch-time woes. Calderon, who led the league in 3-point percentage (46.1) last season, also has significant value as a floor-spacer to help create room for scoring threats such as Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis to work.
What happened this summer?: After the Mavs missed out on big fish Dwight Howard and Chris Paul, they made Calderon their primary target. Dallas won the bidding for him by offering a four-year, $29 million deal that is fully guaranteed.
What does the future hold?: Calderon is the Mavs’ point guard for the foreseeable future, likely the remainder of Dirk Nowitzki’s career. If he’s a bust or declines significantly as he ages, Calderon could be a candidate for the stretch provision.
Bottom line: Calderon is a major upgrade at a position that was a problem last season.
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