2013 NBA Draft: Sacramento Kings Make Interesting Selection With Ray McCallum at No. 36

By Micah Alexander
Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off of yet another unimpressive season, it was evident that the Sacramento Kings needed to make smart decisions in the NBA Draft this year.

They made what seemed to be a great decision choosing Ben McLemore at no. 7; yet, their no. 36 selection, Ray McCallum Jr., is one that some fans are unsure of. The 6-foot-3 point guard played for just three years at the University of Detroit Mercy and decided to forgo his senior year in order to enter the 2013 NBA Draft.

McCallum is a two-time First Team All-Conference player who led his team to the National Invitation Tournament. He also earned the honor of Horizon League Newcomer of the Year in 2011 as well as the Horizon League Player of the Year in 2013.

With a great deal of effort, there is absolutely no reason he can’t bring some good to a team in the big league. With that being said, it it seems as though the Kings have been going through quite a remodeling period lately. While Tyreke Evans is currently negotiating his future plans with the team, this selection may work out well for Sacramento.

McCallum is a leader on the floor and while he is still young, a leader is exactly what needs to be brought to the Kings. He is a young, well-rounded player who is sure to help on both ends of the floor. The downside to this selection though is the fact that when we look at him, we realize he is not a master of a particular skill in the game.

While that may be an upside at times, there will be games when it’s important for McCallum to have a defined role on the floor.

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