Jose Calderon is a pass-first, shoot-second kind of guy.

He is an unselfish sort, the type of point guard who gets more satisfaction in giving than getting, his 9.1-assists per game this season by far the best average on the Toronto Raptors roster (and fifth-best in the NBA).

Raptors head coach Jay Triano, however, would like to see a little bit more balance in the Spaniard's offence and is constantly urging the 29-year-old to take more shots.

Calderon's line in last Sunday's 114-96 loss to the Dallas Mavericks was more to Triano's liking. He hit on seven of his 10 shots and finished with 15 points while passing off eight assists and grabbing eight rebounds.

"And he can do even more," Triano said after team practice Monday. "I think there were a couple clips where he came off the screen in the second half and looked to be a passer. I've always said that you come off screens you can be a scorer. And if they take that away then you can be a passer.

"I just think sometimes he gets predictable with him coming off screens wanting to make plays rather than to play basketball."

The Dallas game marked the first time in eight outings that Calderon had taken at least 10 shots.

Against the Phoenix Suns last Friday, Calderon only attempted three. Against the Chicago Bulls in the game before that, he took five.

Triano, whose 16-44 team takes on the New Orleans Hornets at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday, said Calderon is more effective when he plays more selfishly and looks for his shot on a more consistent basis.