Ray McCallum has played like he’s waiting for an opportunity to return to the NBA. Today, the Charlotte Hornets made that happen, signing the 6-foot-3 Grand Rapids Drive guard to a 10-day contract and making him the 17th Gatorade Call-Up this season as he heads south to #BuzzCity.
Having appeared in and started 30 games for the Drive so far this season, McCallum averaged 18.2 points, 7.5 assists and 2.4 steals while pulling down a surprising 6.0 rebounds, playing almost 38 minutes per game. That’s good enough to rank third in the D-League in both assists and minutes, and fourth in steals and includes triple-doubles against Maine on December 23 (23 points/12 rebounds/11 assists) and Los Angeles (18/12/13).
The 25-year-old native of Beverly Hills, MI and University of Detroit-Mercy alum was selected in the 2nd Round (36th overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings, where he played in 113 games in his first two seasons. McCallum averaged 6.9 points and 2.7 assists while shooting an Effective Field Goal % (eFG%) of .451 playing 20.6 minutes per game for the Kings.
On July 9, 2015 the Kings traded McCallum to the San Antonio Spurs for a future 2nd Round draft pick, where he played in 31 games, including 3 starts, but only averaged 2.2 points. He was waived by the Spurs in late February 2016.
McCallum signed two consecutive 10-day contracts with the Memphis Grizzlies on March 12 and March 22, 2016. While playing in 10 games with the Griz, Ray again averaged 6.9 points and 2.7 assists.
On July 27, 2016, he was signed by the Pistons and spent the 2016-17 preseason with the Drive’s parent club, the Detroit Pistons. He was waived on October 24 and ended up right here in Beer City, USA.