Sacramento Kings: Ray McCallum Ready To Step Up?

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Apr 13, 2014; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Ray McCallum (3) dunks the ball during the fourth quarter of the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 106-103. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

One of the biggest criticisms of the Sacramento Kings this summer came as result of their decision to allow Isaiah Thomas leave for the Phoenix Suns on such a reasonable deal. Thomas had been an absolute steal for the Kings, having been selected with the final pick of the second round in 2011.

Yet, what if part of the Kings reasoning is that they believe Ray McCallum is another second-round gem waiting in the wings?

McCallum played in 45 games for Sacramento as a rookie last season, and was solid without doing anything to truly set the world alight. McCallum is coming off of an excellent Summer League, including an MVP performance in the Kings title winning game, and with the Kings not particularly stacked with point guard depth, you’d expect him to play a significant role next season.

The former Detroit Titan is undoubtedly talented, but does he have what it takes to learn and develop at the speed necessary for him to thrive in the NBA? Let’s take a closer look at his game and find out.

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