Everybody knew that this year's draft class had some good point guards: Deron Williams, Chris Paul, and Raymond Felton were the headliners, but they were hardly the only ones. Later in the draft we heard names like Jarrett Jack, Roko Leni Ukic, and Nate Robinson. Any of them could turn out to be keepers, too.
Toronto was particulary pleased to have drafted Ukic. But then he ditched the NBA entirely for the time being, inking a deal with Spain's Tau Ceramica.
In August, nearly two full months after the draft, the Raptors signed an undrafted Spaniard, Jose Calderon. It was one of the least heralded moves off the off-season, but apparently a shrewd one nonetheless. Point guard is one of the toughest positions to play, especially for those who are new to the continent, league, and language.
Jose Calderon's first spectacular game was the second of his career (that's something that almost never happens). In a loss to New Jersey, he had 20 points, seven assists, and only one turnover. The next time out he had ten assists.
There will be ups and downs, to be sure, but so far the signs are very positive. A tip of the cap to much-maligned Raptors GM Rob Babcock.
Now if the Raptors could just get some wins together.