Originally Posted by RidonKs
No way in hell. I think TJ's better too, but Calderon isn't a typical backup PG. He's going for 6 assists in under 20 minutes here. Great finisher at the rim, a little like Tony Parker where you can't even believe that they got it over the arms of the bigmen, but it always goes down.
Check the games where he had around 40 minutes.
24/11 in 39 min
14/10 in 40
10/8 in 38
14/8 in 42
19/11 in 40
12/12 in 35
That's no coincidence. He's a brilliant penetrator, and his shots been improving since he started getting consistent minutes last year. Defense is still suspect, and probably one of the main reasons TJ gets the edge (among other smaller advantages TJ has), but that really is his only weakness. He's not a guy you'd want on a team like the Cavs, because he doesn't spot up, but on a team relying on their PG for more than just shooting? They should pray for this guy.
He's more than a good backup, that's for sure.
Well, that's exactly the point. Nobody here says tha he is an all-star, but when he has played many minutes, he has been so good.
żBetter or worse than TJ? Totally different, that's the truth. But, if you are not an starter, you can only play the best you can to get more minutes, and that's what Calderon is doing. He is doing great when he play, and that's why much people likes him.
Many people thinks he won't be one of the best PG on the league if he starts. Maybe, maybe not. But I really think he has proven he deserves the opportunity to try, cause I am really sure he is one of Top 10 - Top 5 bench players, now.