Jose Calderon scoring in transition for Pistons

Me at the Detroit Free Press:

Everyone knows Calderon can orchestrate a fast break with his passing, but he can score in transition, too.

Calderon already has more transition baskets (nine) with Detroit than he had with the Raptors (eight) his season, according to Synergy.

Not only is Calderon getting more of those high-percentage looks with the Pistons (11. 1 percent of his plays, more than double than with the Raptors), he’s shooting a higher percentage on them (75 percent with the Pistons to 40 percent with the Raptors).

Lawrence Frank said those numbers are no coincidence, citing the Pistons’ commonly used two-point guards lineups.

Calderon played just 11 percent of his Raptors minutes with Kyle Lowry and 7 percent with John Lucas III, per NBA.com/stats. In Detroit, Calderon has played 65 percent of his minutes with Knight, 45 percent with Stuckey and 11 percent with Bynum.

“We have to get out in transition, because we have a two-headed monster on both sides,” Frank said.

Since Calderon began playing for the Pistons, they have averaged 14.6 fastbreak points per game (up from 13.7) and 93.90 possessions per 48 minutes (up from 92.93).

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