DALLAS -- One of the reasons the Dallas Mavericks signed Jose Calderon to a four-year, $29 million free agent contract this past July is because he can effective play both backcourt positions.
Calderon has the smarts to run an offense from the point guard position. He is known for keeping his assists high and his turnovers low, and last year he was second in the NBA in assist-to-turnover ratio.
Calderon also can float out and bury the three-point shot. He is known for sporting a deft shooting touch, and last year he led the NBA in three-point accuracy.
With Calderon being a double threat, that makes him even more valuable to the Mavs and also makes him more difficult to guard.
"I think he’ll play with the ball and he’ll play off the ball because we use Vince (Carter) a lot and put a lot of pressure on Vince as the guy who was off the ball and had to create,'' owner Mark Cuban said Sunday. "I think now you’re going to see the ball move a lot more than it did last year because Jose, you play him off the ball, you give the ball to Dirk (Nowitzki) on the elbow, get the ball to Vince, you have Jose in the corner where he can knock it down or bring the ball out and start it all over again as opposed to there being eight seconds on the shot clock and somebody freaking out.''
It's no secret that the Mavs lost a lot of games last year because too many people were "freaking out'' with the shot-clock winding down, and because the basketball IQ for some players wasn't where it needed to be for them to get to the playoffs. No such confusion should take place this season with Calderon running the show.
"I think his ability to not bring the ball up the court as much as being part of the offense and knock down the three and move the ball to a willing passer, I think will make a big difference,'' Cuban said. "Jose knows how to play.''
-- Dwain Price
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