Nov 20, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Sacramento Kings head coach Michael Malone reacts on the sidelines against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center. The Kings defeated the Suns 113-106. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Malone on Ray MaCallum: We have to give him an opportunity

The Sacramento Kings are in the midst of a re-tool, which has left them without a traditional backup point guard. At some point, the Kings will fill this void but for now, it will be patched by the current roster.

Jimmer Fredette simply isn’t a point guard – and while he certainly could have a role on the team as a shooter, he struggles with the basic fundamentals needed at the one spot. That leaves only a few options with one being Marcus Thornton spelling Isaiah Thomas.

On the surface it’s not a bad idea for a handful of minutes per game, but Thornton isn’t a facilitator and would only be useful bringing the ball up court and would at times likely stagnate the offense.

The other option is rookie Ray MaCallum, who head coach Michael Malone wants to see on the floor:

“At some point, we have to give Ray an opportunity to play because we have to see who he is and get a real look under the hood, if you will,” Malone said. “I have to do a better job of trusting some of those guys and not running Isaiah into the ground, which is unfair to him.”

Given the lack of options, there’s not really any reason to not give MaCallum some run. Granted, he’ll have his struggles as any rookie would but considering the alternatives, it doesn’t seem like the worst choice.

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