5. Jose Calderon
We know what a lot of you are thinking.

How can Jose Calderon be ranked this high?

Consider the following…

The Spanish born Point Guard is one of the few players in Raptors history to play in over 500 Games.  Other than his rookie season, Calderon never had a PER lower that 16 as a Raptor.  This includes a 20.5 season in 2007-08.  His 10.0 PPG as Raptor is respectable as his 7.2 APG.  When he got to the free throw line, he rarely missed, even winning a Free Throw Percentage Title.  He is one of the few Raptors with more than 40 Win Shares.

Was “Ocho” an elite player?  No.  But he was a decent one who was better than slightly more than half of the other Point Guards in the National Basketball Association for long enough in a franchise this young to earn this spot. 

And by the way, he was better than you think!

The Bullet Points

  • Eligible Since: Monday, 30 November -0001
  • Position: Point Guard
  • Acquired: Signed as a Free Agent 8/3/05.
  • Departed: Traded to the Memphis Grizzlies with Ed Davis and a 2013 2nd Round Pick (which would be Jamaal Franklin) as part of a three team trade.  The Detroit Pistons sent Austin Daye and Tayshaun Prince to Memphis.  Memphis sent then sent Calderon to Detroit.  Memphis traded Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi to Toronto. 1/30/13.
  • Games Played: 525
  • Per Game Averages: 28.4 MP
    .535 eFG%
    .877 FT%
    10.0 PTS
    2.5 RB
    7.2 AST
    0.9 STL
    0.1 BLK
  • Advanced Stats: 17.5 PER
    .572 TS%
    7.2 VORP
    41.5 WS
  • Major Accolades and Awards: Highest Free Throw Percentage (2008-09)
    Highest Three Point Field Goal Percentage (2012-13)*

    * Calderon was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies part way through the season.
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