Welcome to the first annual Vivekies! The only award show that rewards the greatest, most entertaining, and somehow still existing professional basketball franchise on God’s green earth, the capitol city’s own Saaaaaaaaacccccramentoooooooo Kings!
I’m your host, Ben Wong, and tonight we’ll be handing out some of the most prestigious awards in all of professional basketball.
This is not the Maloofies, a similar award banquet held in past years to commemorate Kings players, often held at the Palms Casino, where guests were charged for bread and water that only 50% of the tables received.
No! There will be no more Maloofies (Raucous applause)!
This night, of course would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our show’s namesake, Vivek Ranadive, and the man who Vivek once claimed would be the first "inter-galactic mayor of Mars," Kevin Johnson.
Thank you gentleman. And now, without further adieu, the 2013-2014 Vivekies.
The Player You Didn’t Know At All And Now Love: Ray McCallum!
Let’s have a look at how two NBA point guards are finishing their 2014 seasons.
Player A: 8 points, 2 assists/6 points, 3 assists/14 points, 2 assists
Player B: 23 points, 8 assists/8 points, 8 assists/11 points, 6 assists
Player A is the opening night starter at point guard for your Sacramento Kings, Mr. (do you even remember?) Greivis Vasquez.
Player B is the opening night FOURTH STRING POINT GUARD for your Sacramento Kings, a player who was not even active on opening night, Mr. Ray McCallum.
They say it’s not about how you start, it’s how you finish.
The Detroit Mercy product’s start was pretty damn quiet. He began the season stacked behind Vasquez, then 6th man Isaiah Thomas, and some guy named Jimmer. He racked up the DNP’s and even was sent down to go tear up the D-League for a little bit.
And then the dominoes started to fall. Greivis, traded. Isaiah ascended to a starting role, and Jimmer was dumped after this awkward "we’re cutting you but have a happy birthday" photo.
Suddenly McCallum was getting all of the bench minutes at point guard, and even some clutch minutes at shooting guard over lottery pick Ben McLemore.
After some initial growing pains, McCallum blossomed.
A late season injury to IT has allowed Kings fans to fall in love with the 2nd round pick, and made GM Pete D’Allesandro look like a genius for drafting RayMac and signing him to a three year deal.
Ray has been freed. And it will be fun to watch number three spread his wings in years to come.
Signature Video Clip via Ben McLemore’s Instagram: http://instagram.com/p/lOgIEmQHLC/ (Ben and Ray do the "NaeNae" in Toronto)
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(This is a FanPost from a member of the Sactown Royalty community. The views expressed come from the member, and not Sactown Royalty staff.)