Despite being active for the last few games, rookie guard Ray McCallum hasn’t seen the floor.
That might change if the Kings decide to send McCallum to their D-League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns.
While players can learn a lot simply by being around an NBA environment, your game can stagnate when you’re not getting any floor time. That’s not to say McCallum’s lack of floor time has created any wrinkles in his game, but the team certainly doesn’t want the young guard sitting at the end of the bench night after night.
With both Isaiah Thomas and Greivis Vasquez locking down the majority of point guard minutes, floor time simply isn’t available for McCallum and that could result in the team sending him down to the D-League, simply to get some game action in.
Per Jason Jones:
The more realistic chance for playing time for McCallum is with the Kings’ NBA Development League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns, once their season starts on Nov. 22. Malone said that is possible.
“If he goes down there, it’s just going to be for him to play and get some game minutes,” Malone said.
A trip to the D-League has this weird ‘demotion’ sense, likely as it’s viewed as a ‘minor league system’ similar to that of Major League Baseball. However, being put in a position to improve your game by playing isn’t as demotion at all – rather, a sign that you’re part of the future plans and you need to have floor time to improve yourself.
The Bighorn’s season kicks off on November 22nd.