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October 4, 2013
Rookie Ray McCallum progressing well in training camp

SANTA BARBARA - The starting point guard competition is a duel between the incumbent (Isaiah Thomas) and new King, Greivis Vasquez.

But the Kings also drafted a point guard in the second round of the NBA Draft they like, Ray McCallum.

Kings coach Michael Malone said the rookie from Detroit has been a standout in practices.

"Ray McCallum is quietly having one of the best training camps here," Malone said. "He's playing terrific for us, playing aggressive."

McCallum said remaining aggressive has been important for him in his first NBA camp.

"I'm just trying to be a good defender and a true point guard," McCallum said. "Those are two attributes to my game that can help this team. I can be a good on-the-ball defender, getting steals, trying to rebounds on the defensive end. And when I get the ball offensively, push."

McCallum said he worked on several areas of his offensive game after summer league. The coaching staff wanted to see more variety to his offense.

The Kings want to see McCallum develop his mid-range jumper, and figure out how to score in the paint with a floater over bigger players.

"In summer league I was more going downhill trying to get to the rim every time and that's something I learned in college I could do easily," McCallum said. "But now with the size and athletic ability (of NBA players) it's not really going to work every time."



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