Editor's note: This article is part of a continuing series in which Insider Bill Herenda highlights a different Kings player every day leading up to the 2014-15 season opener on Oct. 29
Contract status: Signed through 2015-16 (Selected by Kings in the second round -- 36th overall -- of 2013 NBA Draft out of University of Detroit)
2013-14 in review: McCallum, who was assigned to the D-League twice last year during his rookie season, averaged 6.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 19.9 minutes over 36 games -- 10 starts -- for the Kings. He became the first Kings rookie since Francisco Garcia in 2006 to play all 48 minutes in a game, recording 16 points, two rebounds, eight assists, two steals and a block against the Mavericks on March 29, 2014. He collected his first career double-double -- 22 points and a career-high 10 assists -- in the Kings' win over New Orleans on March 31, 2014. And he scored a career-high 27 points against the Lakers on April 2, 2014.
2014-15 outlook: One of only five returning players from last year’s Kings training camp, McCallum will look to build on his strong rookie year and offseason and establish himself as a respectable NBA guard.
McCallum gained valuable experience in two D-League stints last year plus the major minutes he picked up late last season after Isaiah Thomas succumbed to a wrist injury. He already helped the Kings win the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, earning MVP honors along the way.
With Thomas and his 20 points and six assists per game in Phoenix, and two new veterans -- Darren Collison and Ramon Sessions -- now in Sacramento, McCallum will battle for minutes while simultaneously striving to learn from the veteran acquisitions how to establish himself as a consistent NBA point guard.
Depth cannot be underestimated as Collison demonstrated last year when he stepped in for the injured Chris Paul and led the Clippers to a 26-9 record in games he started.
McCallum’s opportunity will likely arise at some point over 82 games as the Kings strive to improve pace, offensive flow and finish higher than 30th in assists, as they did last year.
Humble and hungry with a high basketball IQ, McCallum demonstrated last year between stops in Sacramento and Reno that he will work for minutes and stay ready.
McCallum played for his father, Ray McCallum, Sr., at the University of Detroit and attended Country Day High School, which boasts former King Chris Webber and recently retired NBA veteran Shane Battier as alums.