Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert, and others have tried to hold down the Cavaliers‘ point guard vacancy while Isaiah Thomas recovers from a hip injury. Veteran Jose Calderon, however, has stepped into a prominent role and provided stability, Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com writes.
Through 20 games (14 starts), Calderon is averaging 4.3 PPG, 1.9 APG, and 1.3 RPG. Those numbers are hardly eye-catching, but they have been consistent; several members of the roster appreciate the impact that the 13-year NBA veteran has had.
“He’s an oldie but goodie,” Cavaliers forward Kevin Love said. “Whether he’s playing five minutes or 35 minutes, he’s going to be Jose and go out there and knock down shots, play with a lot of poise. He’s been great for us.”
As Fedor writes, Calderon maintains a stellar assist-to-turnover ration in addition to his shooting and defensive skills. That makes him a threat on both ends of the court, which has allowed the Cavaliers to win 12 of 13 games since Calderon was named the starter.
“He settles things down. He’s always been a safety valve for a team,” Dwyane Wade said. “I used to hate when we played against him because he never turned the ball over, he never made risky passes and obviously as he’s been showing lately he can knock open shots down. It’s been good for us. He’s been stable for that position, for that group and for the team.”
Check out other news from the Cavaliers organization below:
- As the Thunder struggle to find consistency, Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon addressed the possibility of the Cavaliers pursuing Paul George as a trade target. Vardon notes that the Cavaliers would be following the Warriors’ model of utilizing four superstar caliber players to win — if they acquired George. The former Pacers All-Star was a Cleveland target this past offseason but ultimately went to Oklahoma City.
- Cavaliers guard/forward John Holland, currently signed to a two-way deal, suffered a left shoulder subluxation on Wednesday while playing for the team’s G League affiliate, the Canton Charge, the team announced. Holland will miss 4 to 6 weeks and his status will be updated as appropriate.