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Hometown Favorite Ray McCallum Could Wind Up With Detroit Pistons in 2013 NBA Draft

Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Ray McCallum is getting looks from various NBA teams who have invited him for workouts, but the University of Detroit standout is also expecting one from his hometown Detroit Pistons.

With two second-round draft picks, the Pistons, if they don’t think anyone else left on the board can do any better, would probably take McCallum.

The Pistons have used second-round picks by going in their own backyard before, but many think that McCallum would be more than just a courtesy pick. He could do some excellent things with the program, and he is ranked as high as 38 on some draft boards.

With Detroit last season, McCallum saw action in 31 games and averaged 37.3 minutes, 18.4 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 47.7 percent from the floor and 71.5 percent from the free-throw line. His perimeter shooting improved as a junior. The scouting report on McCallum is that he shoots better off the dribble than off the catch.

NBA scouts like McCallum’s ball-handling skills and his decision-making. One scouting outlook put him as the second best point guard in the country on limited turnovers during used possessions.

In terms of weaknesses, the reports also say McCallum needs to be a better ball-handler on pick-and-roll sets, which is a major deal these days in the NBA.

If he’s still available by their third and final draft pick, the Pistons wouldn’t surprise anyone by taking McCallum. He obviously won’t challenge for a starting role, but within a year or two, he could see some major minutes from off the bench.