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    I'm honestly not understanding why the prospect of keeping Jose Calderon as our starting point guard isn't explored more often. He has at least 3-4 good years left. With him at the 1, we have:

    Pass first PG
    Top 5 in assists
    Sharpshooting in the clutch
    An excellent character guy and vet in the locker room
    Some actual stability and a player who could retire as a raptor for life.

    And yes i'm aware he has terrible D, but who on this team can honestly say plays decent defense every possession? I'm not saying we shouldn't go with Irving or whoever in the draft, but if the choice came up I would draft Jones or another scoring 3.

    Thoughts?

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    I dunno about sharpshooting in the clutch, but he's def all those other things. Only issue is his awful, awful defense. If the other 4 or even 3 positions were sure defensively it would help mask his greatest defeciency but that's not the case.

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    Quote ceez wrote: View Post
    I dunno about sharpshooting in the clutch, but he's def all those other things. Only issue is his awful, awful defense. If the other 4 or even 3 positions were sure defensively it would help mask his greatest defeciency but that's not the case.
    I dont think his defense is awful, i think he just cant keep up with the younger guards. When he can keep his man infront of him, he's ok, but quicker guards he cant keep up with.

    If the raps decide to make him a backup, id be fine with that. Or, if they want him to remain as a starting guard, they should put a defensive minded combo guard beside him to cover his slowness.

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    If we cannot draft a top tier pg prospect I would keep him. He is a generally good influence on the team. Strengthening our help and interior defense would mitigate his lack of lateral quicks. The last few games though his shooting has been less than "clutch" in the latter stages of games. Is he getting tired?

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    Jose is a great Back Up PG at 6 million a year. He can play that role in a Championship team. However, BC over paid him by paying him almost 10 million over the next season and matching him against the starting PGs in this league and hence, exposing his defensive problems.

    His defense lapses might be covered along side a great defensive SG and SF and under right system. It is however, too bad that we don't have a good defender in both positions and also a decent system in place.

    Jose can not play any roles in a future Raptor but based on his contract, he will not be movable unless we pick up another dead weights like Diaw in return.

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    Quote your mom wrote: View Post
    I'm honestly not understanding why the prospect of keeping Jose Calderon as our starting point guard isn't explored more often. He has at least 3-4 good years left. With him at the 1, we have:

    Pass first PG
    Top 5 in assists
    Sharpshooting in the clutch
    An excellent character guy and vet in the locker room
    Some actual stability and a player who could retire as a raptor for life.

    And yes i'm aware he has terrible D, but who on this team can honestly say plays decent defense every possession? I'm not saying we shouldn't go with Irving or whoever in the draft, but if the choice came up I would draft Jones or another scoring 3.

    Thoughts?
    Keep him.

    Great character for a young team, advocate of the team and the city. Nothing wrong in my mind with getting a pg in the draft if it's the best player on the board, but I like the idea of Perry Jones as well. We still need another ballhandler in any case, and some 3 point range would be welcome.

    If evans isn't back I don't know what to say. I think that would call for a fan protest rally. How good was he today? If you want to teach hustle, just keep him on the team.

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