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The Kings have a Ray McCallum problem

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The Kings have a problem with Ray McCallum at point guard, but it's not what you would think.

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The Sacramento Kings have a point guard problem, and it's name is Ray McCallum. Simply put, he's too good to ride the bench, but not good enough to overtake Darren Collison or Andre Miller. It was a problem of "what if" before George Karl entered the picture. McCallum rarely played under Michael Malone and Tyrone Corbin. With Collison out for the year, George Karl had little choice. McCallum's play under Karl has given the Kings little answers.

McCallum is playing well under Karl. He's averaging nearly 11 points per game, with 4.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 29 minutes per game. He doesn't turn the ball over very often. And he has the size to slide into the shooting guard role if the lineup needs it. But he also hasn't been great. He's clearly still behind Darren Collison. And while the state may not be as clear, Andre Miller definitely brings a strong presence to the bench.

Miller has already expressed interest in returning next season. He and Karl have a long history, and Karl values his knowledge and leadership. Andre Miller is valuable to the Kings. Ray McCallum has proven he's worthy of a backup point guard spot in this league, but if the Kings are eager to take a step forward they may value Miller's immediate impact over McCallum's projected impact. McCallum would also, presumably, be the better trade chip, although it remains unclear how much interest there would be.

The Kings could continue to carry McCallum as a third point guard, but it seems a waste of his talents. As Ben McLemore continues to prove himself as a starter and Nik Stauskas continues to find his place in the league, there will be less and less need to McCallum's ability to slide to the two.

The path for the Kings is unclear, but it seems clear that they're going to need to make a decision on McCallum's future this offseason.