Jose Calderon Stepping Up for Raptors
The longest serving active player on the team, Calderon is in his eighth season in Toronto and is just 53 games behind the retired Morris Peterson for the most games played in a Raptors uniform. Every time Calderon has faced a challenge from other point guard in Toronto, something has happened to prove this team needs his services and when new starting point guard Kyle Lowry went down with a bruised bone in his foot after just four games, Calderon stepped up once again.
“[Calderon] has been great,” Raptors head coach Dwane Casey said. “With Kyle [Lowry] out, he is really the only true point guard we have on the roster.
Calderon has slipped seamlessly back into the Raptors starting lineup averaging a double-double in points and assists and averting what could have been a disaster without Lowry who was dominating in scoring, rebounds, assists and steals to start the season. Calderon posted his first career triple-double to help the Raptors win their second game of the season last week and then posted 18 assists two games later to boost a failing Raptors record to 3-7.