The Raptors have reached the halfway point of the season, and almost every news outlet in town has been engaged in the mid-season ritual of handing out report cards.
Jose Calderon gets top marks across the board, and deservedly so. His name is even being mentioned as a potential reserve selection for the All-Star Team. Of course, on his own blog and in interviews, Jose has tried to remain humble about the whole thing. That’s the type of guy he is. However, the more you look at Jose’s numbers, the more you realize that the guy has nothing to be humble about. The numbers he’s putting up right now are nothing short of amazing.
Calderon isn’t just having a great season, he’s having a record-setting season. When it comes to the combination of passing, shooting, and protecting the ball, no one in the NBA has ever done things quite this well.
Take his assist-to-turnover ratio. Jose currently leads the NBA in this category with a ratio of 5.58. Anything above 5-to-1 is simply incredible. In fact, only six players in NBA history have ever managed that for an entire season. Jose is even more impressive if you look at players who kept a 5-to-1 ratio AND dished out more than 5 assists per game. (Calderon is currently at 8.4.) Only two players have ever managed to do that: Muggsy Bogues (three times!) and Terrell Brandon.
Next, consider Jose’s amazing shooting efficiency. In the history of the NBA only five players have ever shot over 90% from the free-throw line, over 50% from the field, and over 40% from 3-point range for an entire season. That list of players is Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, Larry Bird (twice!), Reggie Miller, and Mark Price.
If the season ended today, Jose would join that club as well. Along with his amazing assist-to-turnover ratio, Jose is setting a new standard for taking care of the ball. All-Star numbers? You bet. And then some.
Speaking of All-Stars, the Raptors travel to Boston tonight to take on the juggernaut that is Kevin Garnett and the Celtics. The game starts at 7:30 p.m. and you can watch it on The Score.
Photo from Jose’s official website.