José Manuel Calderón Borrallo (born September 28, 1981 in Villanueva de la Serena, Spain) is a Spanish professional basketball player who is now entering his 9th season in the NBA.
Calderón entered the NBA when former Raptors GM Rob Babcock persuaded the Spanish guard to sign with the Toronto Raptors on August 3, 2005. Known as a talented playmaker, he was ranked third among all rookies in assists with 4.5 per game. He finished his rookie season with 64 played games, having started in 11 of them. He averaged 5.5 points, 4.5 assists, 2.2 rebounds and an assists-per-turnover ratio of 2.85.
Calderón is one of the best free throw shooters in the NBA, having set an NBA record for free throw shooting (98.1%) in 2008–09.
Off the court
On March 2, 2007, the Raptors announced that Calderón was named as a Right To Play Athlete Ambassador. Right To Play is an athlete-driven international humanitarian organization that uses sport and play as a tool for the development of children and youth in the most disadvantaged areas of the world. As part of the program, Calderón pledged $1000 for every assist he recorded in a home game against the Chicago Bulls on November 26, 2007. He ended the game with 14 assists.
Calderon is a co-owner of an organic pig farm.
He is married to Ana Hurtado. The couple welcomed their first child, a boy named Manuel, in Villanueva de la Serena on May 23, 2010.