It has been an eventful month of September for new Dallas Mavericks point guard Jose Calderon.
After scoring eight points on 3-of-5 shooting and 2-of-4 from 3-point range in Spain’s 92-66 blowout win Sunday over Croatia to seize the bronze medal in the EuroBasketball championships, Calderon can now return stateside to prepare for the upcoming season with his new team. He’ll also celebrate his 32nd birthday on Saturday.
Calderon, who figures to assume the starting point guard duties for the Mavericks after signing with the team as a free agent this summer, finished the tournament averaging 8.2 points, 1.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 11 outings while playing off the ball at shooting guard. He also picked up where he left off at last season after leading the NBA in 3-point percentage at 46.1 percent, connecting on 45.7 percent from long range for his home country.
The versatile lead guard continued to play near turnover-free basketball as well, averaging just one giveaway a game after surrendering just 1.73 turnovers an outing during his eight-year career before joining the Mavs. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Spaniard will now have just over a week to rest his body before the start of training camp on Oct. 1.
During the 2012-13 campaign, while splitting the season in Toronto and Detroit, Calderon averaged 11.3 points and 7.1 assists. And after sharing the backcourt with Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio in attempt to help the two-time European champions retain their title, the soon-to-be 32-year-old should benefit greatly from operating as the primary ball handler for the Mavericks.