Piston of the Week: Jose Calderon

Piston of the Week (2/10/2013 – 2/16/2013): Jose Calderon

18.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 6 assists and 2.5 steals while shooting 52 percent from the field.

The streak is broken! Greg Monroe’s seemingly unbreakable stranglehold on this award was finally broken by the newest Piston, Jose Calderon.

Sure, it was a short week with only two games, but in his six-game stint with the Pistons, Calderon’s been both good and absurdly efficient — even if it’s only resulted in a 3-3 record. In this current stretch, he’s shooting 57 percent (!) from the field and an even more absurd 55 percent (!!) from beyond the 3-point line.

He’s a guy who likes to pass and make the game easier on his teammates; doing all of that point guard stuff, you could call it. He isn’t going to go out of his way to be a scorer — that’s just not his mentality — but when push comes to shove, he’s shown he’s more than capable. Against the Hornets, a loss in which nearly every Piston looked like a background character in The Walking Dead, Calderon found a way to pile up an efficient 13 points, nine assists, four steals and four rebounds on 50 percent shooting.

That’s the guy the Pistons traded for. Though it was a loss, Calderon found a way to effectively set up teammates, and subsequently take what the defense gave him to score on his own. He’s never been and never will be a lockdown defender, but when he’s able to create opportunities for others and eventually play with a shotblocker like Andre Drummond behind him, that defense won’t be as big a factor.

Wednesday against the Wizards is more of what I hinted at earlier, though. He wasn’t a facilitator, and credit is due to Wizards’ coach Randy Wittman for taking away some of those passing lanes Calderon likes to exploit, but he was a scorer. Along with taking a team-high 17 shots, he made a concerted effort to look for his shot, which worked well on a night when Will Bynum was in his wild-and-crazy-playmaker mode.

He’s a versatile offensive player, and that’s something he’s shown early and often in these first few games with the Pistons. Really, when you’ve gotten used to the constantly inconsistent trio of Bynum, Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey handling that lead-guard role, it’s refreshing to see a guy like Calderon playing well.

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