Examining The Deal: Calderon's Sharpshooting

by Jonah Ballow

Amid all the trade rumors and free agent discussions, the Knicks completed a significant deal on the eve of draft night.  New York shipped Tyson Chandler and Raymond Felton to Dallas in exchange for Jose Calderon, Wayne Ellington, Shane Larkin, Samuel Dalembert, and two second-round selections in this year’s draft.  The two picks are slotted at No. 34 and No. 51 overall.

Let’s examine the key pieces acquired in the trade:

Jose Calderon is a pass-first floor general and a dynamite shooter from deep.  Over the course of an eight-year NBA career, Calderon dished out an average of 6.8 assists per game.  This past season, the 32-year old knocked down 44.9 percent of his attempts behind the arc, fourth-best in the league for point guards.  Calderon is an ideal fit for the triangle offense due to his high basketball IQ and ability to damage opponents with a precise jumper. 

According to Synergy, Calderon spent 30.4 percent of his time as a spot-up shooter last year, nailing 47 percent from the floor and 47.5 percent from downtown.  The Spaniard was especially deadly in the corners where he hit a combined 40-of-77 shots for an impressive 51.9 percent.  When presented with the straight-up 3-ball, Calderon posted a 50 percent clip on 44 attempts.  The former Mavericks signal caller owned a sparkling 108.6 offensive rating during the 2013-14 campaign.

Keep in mind; Calderon joins another sharp shooting point guard in the Knicks backcourt mix.  Prigioni was the league’s second-best marksman from the 3-point line this past season and offers a similar, steady approach to the position.

If New York decides to retain Larkin, it will welcome the No. 18 overall pick from the 2013 NBA Draft.  The son of Hall of Fame shortstop, Barry Larkin, the 5-11 guard is a tremendous athlete, terrific shooter, and is adept at finding daylight in tight spaces for scoring and/or playmaking opportunities.  His season was cut severely short by a broken ankle suffered during a Summer League practice.

Wayne Ellington spent his collegiate days at North Carolina where he captured a National Championship.  The Pennsylvania native earned a reputation as a silky smooth shooter from the 2-guard spot.  He continues to search for a consistent role after stops in four different cities since the Timberwolves drafted him in the 2009 draft.

The lone big man heading to New York is Dalembert.  Last season, the 6-11 center was Dallas’ best rebounder and shot blocker at 1.2 per outing. 

New York immediately jumps into the draft frenzy in what is considered one of the deepest classes in league history.  No. 34 and No. 51 will provide ample options for the Knicks to bolster their depth with young talent or continue to re-shape the roster by seeking additional trades. 

Stay tuned for more coverage of the trade and the Knicks draft picks on Knicks.com.  Visit the draft profiles hub for detailed reports on prospects that could potentially land in New York.