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Toronto Raptors legend Jose Calderon announces retirement after 14-year NBA career

Jose Calderon is the all-time leader in assists for the Raptors.
Jose Calderon is the all-time leader in assists for the Raptors. (Getty Images)

Jose Calderon has announced his retirement from the NBA.

The Spanish point guard played 14 seasons including seven and a half as a member of the Toronto Raptors. Calderon made his NBA debut with the Raptors in 2005-06 at the age of 24 after spending the first portion of his professional career playing for various teams in Spain.

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Calderon remains the all-time leader in assists for the Raptors and averaged over eight assists per game four times with Toronto and from 2007-08 through 2011-12 ranked sixth in the NBA in assists behind only Steve Nash, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo and Jason Kidd. The only two players to appear in more games for the Raptors are DeMar DeRozan and Morris Peterson.

Calderon with Raptors
Category Stat Team Rank
Assists 3,770 1st
FT percentage .877 1st
Games 525 3rd
Minutes 14,909 6th
3-pt FG 456 6th
Steals 469 7th
Points 5,325 8th

After being traded to the Detroit Pistons midway through the 2012-13 season, Calderon served as a veteran stabilizing presence on several teams over the back end of his career. In addition to Detroit, Calderon also played with the Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers. Calderon spent his final season in 2018-19 with the Detroit Pistons, averaging 12.9 minutes per game in 49 games off the bench.

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