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Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Meet the Mavs: Jose Calderon

By Tim MacMahon

With nine new players on the Dallas Mavericks' roster, introductions are necessary. Over a 15-day span, will take a look at each of the team's players with guaranteed deals.

The Mavericks are counting on Jose Calderon to provide stability as the starting point guard.

Jose Calderon

Age: 32 | Position: PG | Salary: $6,791,570

Role for Mavs in 2013-14: The Mavs are counting on Calderon to provide stability as the starting point guard, a position that never really got settled last season, when Darren Collison, Derek Fisher and Mike James all manned the spot for stints.

Calderon is a pass-first point guard who commits few turnovers (1.7 per game in his career). The Mavs consider the ability to get the ball in the right spot at the right time a critical element that they lacked last season, which contributed mightily to their crunch-time woes. Calderon, who led the league in 3-point percentage (46.1) last season, also has significant value as a floor-spacer to help create room for scoring threats such as Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis to work.

What happened this summer?: After the Mavs missed out on big fish Dwight Howard and Chris Paul, they made Calderon their primary target. Dallas won the bidding for him by offering a four-year, $29 million deal that is fully guaranteed.

What does the future hold?: Calderon is the Mavs’ point guard for the foreseeable future, likely the remainder of Dirk Nowitzki’s career. If he’s a bust or declines significantly as he ages, Calderon could be a candidate for the stretch provision.

Bottom line: Calderon is a major upgrade at a position that was a problem last season.