Sacramento Kings rookie Ray McCallum is the only healthy player on the Kings’ roster not to appear in a game this season. Because of the long layoff, the Kings have sent McCallum to their D-League affiliate in Reno.
The Sacramento Kings announced the move on their website today. The Reno Bighorns open the season with back-to-back games on Friday and Saturday at Sioux Falls.
McCallum was a second-round pick out of the University of Detroit in June, but has been limited to practice time as he sits behind Greivis Vasquez and Isaiah Thomas on the team’s depth chart at point guard.
He told the Sacramento Bee he’s willing to go to Reno.
“I’ve just got to do what’s best for the team,” McCallum said. “I haven’t played in awhile and if that’s the decision that they make that’s what I have to do. Just continue to work hard and if I go down there, go down there with the mindset to get better and show everybody I can play and everything I can do.”
Malone says the experience of playing against older players, including some with NBA experience, can only help McCallum.
“You’re not a D-League player, you’re an NBA player that’s getting experience playing against older guys,” Malone said of his discussion with McCallum. “He’ll go down there at some point. I’m not exactly sure when, but we’ll use Reno for Ray’s development this year.”
McCallum played in four preseason games this fall, with his last actually coming on Oct. 17 against Phoenix. He scored 19 points and had 13 assists with six steals in 60 minutes of playing time, including 10 points and four dimes in 21 minutes against the Lakers on Oct. 10.
He played three years at Detroit, opting to leave after his junior year after being named the Horizon League Player of the Year last season. He averaged 15.9 points and 4.4 assists per game in three seasons, 18.7 and 4.5, respectively, in 2012-13. He was the Horizon League’s leading scorer last year.