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|Birthplace:||Villanueva de la Serena, Spain|
|NBA Career:||2005 - present|
|Mavs Tenure:||2013 - 2014|
Jose Calderon (born September 28, 1981 in Villanueva de la Serena, Spain) was signed as a free agent by the Dallas Mavericks on July 11, 2013.
Calderon began his professional career playing six seasons in the Spanish pro leagues. In 1999-2000, playing for CB Lucentum Alicante he helped carry the second division squad into the league's more respected first division.
Although the team was outmatched against the fiercer competition, Calderon benefitted greatly by facing tough competition. His game improved and two years later he was with Tau Ceramica Saski Baskonia Vitoria where he played for the next three seasons.
Despite not being drafted by an NBA team, Calderon signed a free agent contract with the Toronto Raptors on August 3, 2005. As a rookie, he saw action in 64 games averaging 5.5 points. The next year his numbers rose as he played in 77 games and averaged 8.7 ppg.
In the final season of his rookie contract, things really came together for Calderon playing in each of the Raptors' 82 games and again increasing his scoring average to 11.2 ppg. It was also the second of two seasons that he would have the Raptors in the NBA playoffs. The 6'3 point guard signed a new contract with Toronto during the offseason keeping him north of the border for several years to come.
The 2008-2009 campaign saw Calderon average career highs of 12.8 points, 8.9 assists (4th in the NBA) and 34.3 minutes in 68 games despite missing 14 games due to a strained right hamstring.
His numbers fell slightly the following season as he averaged 10.3 ppg, 5.9 assists and 26.7 minutes over 68 games. He missed several games due to hip problems that season. In 2010-2011, Calderon averaged 9.8 points, a career high-tying 8.9 assists and 30.9 points in 68 games. By this point in his career he was becoming a highly respected point guard in the NBA for his leadership and outside shooting ability.
Calderon's final full season in Toronto was 2011-2012 when he averaged 10.5 points, a team-high 8.8 assists and 33.9 minutes (second on the team) over 53 games. On February 12, 2012, he scored a career-high 30 points against the Los Angeles Lakers. A sprained ankle and injury to his right eye cost him over 25 games that year.
Beginning the 2012-2013 season in Toronto, Calderon was in 45 games, averaging 11.1 points, 7.4 assists and shooting 47.0% from the floor. On January 30, 2013, he was traded to Detroit in a three-team deal that sent Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi from Memphis to Toronto, Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye from Detroit to Memphis and Ed Davis and a 2013 second round pick from Toronto to Memphis.
With the Pistons, Calderon saw action in 28 (starting all 28) and averaged 11.6 points. He did not re-sign with Detroit but elected to become a Dallas Maverick on July 11, 2013. He had a successful first season with the Mavs averaging 11.4 points (his best full-season average since 2008-2009), 4.7 assists, a career-low 1.3 turnovers and 30.5 minutes over 81 games.
On June 25, 2014, after only one season with the Mavs, Calderon was traded along with Samuel Dalembert, Wayne Ellington. Shane Larkin and two 2014 second round draft picks to the New York Knicks in return for center Tyson Chandler and guard Raymond Felton.
In international play during his career, Calderon helped his native Spain win the 2006 FIBA World Championship title and a Silver Medal in the 2008 Olympics held in Beijing.