The Las Vegas Summer League got underway the other day and rookies and youthful NBA hopefuls are looking to make their mark in an effort to at least obtain a spot on a training camp roster.
For the Sacramento Kings and their second round draft choice, Ray McCallum, the early impact has become noticeable. McCallum, who opted to leave Detroit after his junior season was selected with the 36th overall selection in last month’s NBA Draft, but in his second summer league contest on Monday evening, McCallum settled in and shined. He scored 23 points on 7-of-10 shooting. He also had three rebounds, one assist and only one turnover, while his defensive effort spoke for itself — McCallum recorded six steals in the Kings’ 80-66 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
While expectations in the back court for first year head coach Michael Malone remain up in the air, the options are aplenty, especially if McCallum continues to produce in Summer League like he did on Monday. In addition to McCallum, Sacramento also got a first round steal when Ben McLemore slipped to the seventh overall spot, but the former Kansas product has struggled in his first two games against NBA-caliber competition. Aside from their rookies, the Kings’ back court also includes Jimmer Fredette, Isaiah Thomas and the recently acquired Greivis Vasquez.
It’s a crowded back court, but nothing is set in stone at this point, so it’ll be interesting to see if McCallum can keep things up and whether or not McLemore turns things around after two lackluster performances.
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