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Jose Calderon will start for the Pistons

Jose Calderon, Greg Monroe

via Michigan Live:

Cleveland Cavaliers v Detroit Pistons

Although Calderon is still ironing out some kinks with his work visa, and although he’s yet to play a minute with his new team, the Pistons point guard Jose Calderon will enter the starting lineup as soon as possible since he’s impressed the head coach Lawrence Frank. Frank described Calderon as a “giver” making him a great option at point guard since his instinct is to  get guys involved. Despite Calderon’s public display of disappointment being let go from the Raptors, M Live reports that he is reconciled with former teammate Charlie Villanueva since being Raptors rookie’s in 2005-06. Maybe now that Calderon is a member of the Pistons, Charlie Villanueva’s biggest fan will tattoo Calderon on his other arm.

AUBURN HILLS — Charlie Villanueva was tossed in as training-camp roommate with Jose Calderon when both were Spanish-speaking rookies with the Toronto Raptors, so he was happy to establish a reunion with the point guard now that both play for the Detroit Pistons.

Calderon spoke no English back then and Villaneuva recalled acting as his translator.

Villanueva said Friday that Calderon’s fluent English isn’t all that has changed since they were Raptors rookies in the 2005-06 season.

“He has a better feel for the game, playing with a lot more confidence,” Villanueva said.  “He’s just a tremendous point guard.  His assist-to-turnover ratio is tremendous.  He knows how to play the game.  Just to see him grow, from coming in as a rookie to now, he’s changed his game a lot and he’s playing with a lot more confidence.”

Jose Calderon, Greg MonroePistons coach Lawrence Frank immediately declared that Calderon will become his starter after working out some kinks with the player’s work visa, which kept Calderon in street clothes Friday against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and perhaps a couple of quick practices.

“It’s no different than in football when you’ve got a quarterback,” Frank said.  “It’s no knock on anything that you’ve got now.  It’s just that Jose is really elite at it.  He understands how to get guys the ball in the right place at the right time.  Plus, he loves doing it.  That’s his instinct.  His instinct is to give.  His instinct is to get everyone involved.”

Calderon has ranked in the top three in NBA assist-to-turnover ratio for three consecutive years.  His 4.44 ratio ranks fourth in the league this season.

“He’s a giver,” Frank said.  “He makes other people feel real good about their games.”

Calderon was acquired Wednesday in a three-team trade, in which the Pistons sent Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye to the Memphis Grizzlies.

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