I was watching the Spurs - Thunder game tonight and saw Tony Parker set the all time franchise record for assists with 4,475. I thought that number was pretty low for such a good PG. So I started looking at Jose's numbers (our franchise leader in assists) and before I go any further, I know Parker is more of scoring first point guard than Jose was/is.
Tony Parker has 4,475 assist in 770 games & 25,406 minutes,
Jose Calderon has 3,179 assistst in 451 games & 12,644 minutes
If you put Jose's assist per minute (which is not guaranteed that he would've continued throughout his career) and add another 10,000 minutes (he'd have to play around 30 minutes per game over 4 seasons, which coincidentally how many more years Parker has experience over Calderon) you could add another 2,514 assists to his total to give him
Jose Calderon around 5,693 assists in 779 games in 22,644 minutes
The thing I find really interesting about this is everyone would agree that over their total time in the NBA the Spurs have been in another category above the Raptors in terms of talent, you would think that Tony Parker would fluke himself into more assists solely based on the level of talent on his team even if he was primarily looking for his shot.
I know most of this post is completely based on nothing and it really isn't meant to be about the numbers but more about how we view Jose. The guy is easily the best point guard this franchise has ever had and yea he is not perfect and can't defend, but if you honestly go back and look at the guys he's played with (which is honestly really just a list of guys not in the NBA anymore) it makes it even more impressive. Hell maybe if he had a Dwayne Casey type coach from the beginning he wouldnt be such an awful defender. There is a thing about the typical Toronto sports fan we hate on the guys we have, but would be dying to have a pass first point guard like this.
a friend on twitter brought up a good point to me, if you add all those minutes what happens to his turnovers, so taking his turnovers per minute and added those 10,000 minutes, this is what you end up with
Tony Parker has 1,944 Turnovers
Jose Calderon has 772 Turnovers
With 10,000 mins added Jose would have 1,382 TOs, still assist to Turnover ratio of 4 to 1