Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank cleared up any confusion there may be regarding Calderon’s role with Detroit, declaring the 7-year veteran his starting point guard. Calderon, who’s ranked top 3 in NBA assist-to-turnover ratio for three consecutive years, will replace 21-year-old Brandon Knight who’s averaged 14 point, 4.4 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game in 47 starts this year.
According to David Mayo, Michigan Live:
Pistons 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.