Is Dallas Maverick Jose Calderon an Asset or a Liability? If you separate offense and defense completely the answers are obvious. Averaging 11.4 points per game, shooting close to 45% from 3-point range, and averaging nearly 5 assists per game, Calderon is a true asset on offense. The assists would be higher if Calderon didn’t defer to SG Monta Ellis so often, but his willingness to sacrifice stats for the team should really be commended.
Calderon’s defense on the other hand is an extreme liability. He’s never been known as a good defender and age has done little to help him. He’s often a step behind and offers little resistance to even the most pedestrian of opposition.
The dearth of defense is magnified when Monta Ellis is on the floor with Calderon. Ellis is considerably quicker than Calderon but is undersized and often lacks defensive effort. Having two defensive liabilities on the floor at guard places vast pressure on the rest of the team. The onus specifically falls on the big men to protect the paint. Sadly, defense is not a strength of the Dallas front court either.
The Mavs are likely to lose their best defender SF Shawn Marion in free agency. With such few proven defenders on the roster, it’s difficult for the Mavs to cover the defensive liability that is Jose Calderon. If Calderon is not traded this offseason, he’s best suited for a sixth man role that would limit his time on the floor with fellow liability, Monta Ellis.
Calderon has done everything asked of him in Dallas and has been well worth the price tag but something has got to give. With the offensive production Ellis provides, he isn’t going anywhere. Calderon is really the odd man out and with Vince Carter possibly leaving in free agency, the 6th man spot could possibly be Calderon’s destination.
On the right team and in the right role, Calderon could be a strong asset, but on the Mavs he’s too big of a liability to overcome. He doesn’t always provide a big enough impact on offense to justify his deficiencies on defense. He’s a fantastic player but not a great fit on a Mavericks team that desperately needs speed and defense.
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