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Ben McLemore | Guard

Team: Sacramento Kings
Age / DOB:  (21) / 2/11/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 195
College: Kansas
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Ben McLemore made 6-of-17 from the field for 14 points during a 102-89 loss to the Rockets on Wednesday with three rebounds, one assist, one block and two 3-pointers.
He was coming in as hot as ever with three games of at least 52.0 percent from the field with 3.0 treys per game in that span. Perhaps coach Mike Malone gave him the green light tonight, but that might not happen in the future with a line like this one. He's still not worth grabbing in standards despite the increase in output lately. Nov 27 - 1:07 AM

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Ben McLemore set a new season-high on Saturday with 22 points, making 9-of-17 shots including four 3-pointers in 41 minutes of action vs. the Wolves.

The Kings blew a few big leads this week, but they took control of tonight's game in the second half and didn't let go. McLemore is shooting a solid 44.3 percent from the field with copious 3-pointers, but his inconsistency and lack of supporting stats takes a big bite out of his 8-cat/9-cat value.
Nov 22 - 11:27 PM

Ben McLemore was held to single-digit points for the second straight game on Tuesday, going 1-of-6 from the field for two points with three rebounds, one assist and one steal in 29 minutes.

Playing time hasn't been a big issue for McLemore this season, and thus far he's held off rookie Nik Stauskas for the SG job, but his scoring has plummeted after five straight double-digit games from Nov. 5-13. He contributes very few rebounds (3.0), assists (1.0), steals (0.5) or blocks (0.0), so standard-league owners should look elsewhere for points and triples.
Nov 19 - 12:39 AM

Ben McLemore scored eight points with four rebounds and one assist against the Spurs on Saturday.

He had been playing well, but we'd need to see several more games out of McLemore before declaring him as a pickup. He'll likely have more lines like this one that what he's been doing in the past week or so.
Nov 16 - 2:55 AM

Ben McLemore made 6-of-12 from the field for 17 points with four rebounds and three 3-pointers in 37 minutes against the Grizzlies on Thursday.

He was absolutely brutal on catch-and-shoot last season with less than 40 percent of those shots going in, but he turned in an effective field goal percentage of 59.4 on those attempts before tonight this season -- those account for 57.1 percent of his shot total. We're still not ready to declare he's snapped out of his rookie funk, but McLemore should be on your watch list.
Nov 14 - 12:14 AM

Ben McLemore logged 38 minutes in Tuesday's disappointing loss in Dallas, scoring 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting, including a 4-of-8 mark from downtown.

This is the second straight game McLemore has made four 3-pointers, and he chipped in four rebounds, one steal and one block on Tuesday for a surprisingly well-rounded line. He's creeping into the picture for 12-team owners, and is worth considering if you need some points and 3-pointers.
Nov 11 - 11:23 PM

Ben McLemore's streak of solid games continued on Sunday, as he scored a season-high 16 points with four 3-pointers in a road loss to the Thunder.

Nik Stauskas was scoreless in 16 minutes, which further solidifies McLemore's grip on the starting SG job after a rocky start to the season. The four 3-pointers tied McLemore's career high, and he's hit at least one triple in six consecutive games. The emphasis on long-range shooting takes a toll on his FG percentage (currently 37.1 percent), but owners in need of a specialist should give McLemore a long look.
Nov 9 - 9:51 PM

Ben McLemore scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting (including a three) with three rebounds and one steal over 29 minutes in Friday's double-overtime win.

McLemore hit a big three late and this game isn't going to win him any awards, but it was a much-needed confidence booster after a terrible start. Nik Stauskas was once again targeted relentlessly on the defensive end, but his nine points on 4-of-7 shooting with three rebounds, two assists and one three helped keep the game from getting away from the Kings when they were down early. Neither are fantasy options in most formats.
Nov 8 - 3:13 AM

Ben McLemore looked lost in Monday's win over the Nuggets, playing just 19 minutes with five points, five rebounds, one block and one three.

The highlight plays he made will hide a performance in which he was consistently beat on both ends of the court. Nik Stauskas was brought in early to change things up and the refs hit him with three fast and questionable fouls so his night ended early after just two minutes, as Mike Malone turned to small and big lineups excluding both players. Stauskas is probably the guy long-term here, but his lack of size at the two position is going to be a big hindrance on defense. Either way, stay away from the shooting guard position in Sacto.
Nov 4 - 12:54 AM

Ben McLemore started at SG again on Sunday but scored only three points on 1-of-4 shooting, with one rebound, one steal and three personal fouls.

Last year's No. 7 overall pick didn't have any assists and he's in danger of eventually losing the starting job to rookie Nik Stauskas, who came off the bench for three points, one assist and three blocks in 21 minutes. No matter where he begins the game, McLemore is a non-entity in fantasy leagues.
Nov 2 - 7:23 PM

Ben McLemore scored seven points on 2-of-5 shooting (including a three) with four rebounds and one assist in 32 minutes on Friday.

McLemore hit a prayer three and had a fast break dunk to account for most of his production, and was pretty much terrible other than that. The Kings don't look quite ready to give up on him yet, but the announcement that they were trying to get in on Klay Thompson was clearly a ploy to signal that a change at SG could be in order if Ben doesn't get on track. Nik Stauskas went 0-for-4 in 16 minutes off the bench.
Nov 1 - 1:45 AM

Ben McLemore started at SG on Wednesday, but missed all five of his shots to finish with zero points, two rebounds and a steal.

He's dealing with an eye injury and simply didn't have it tonight. Hopefully he bounces back in the next one, but if he struggles again, you have to think about getting him out of your lineup until he figures it out.
Oct 30 - 2:08 AM

Ben McLemore (eye) received five stitches above his right eye, and passed his precautionary concussion test.

McLemore was disappointing last season, and even though he has made strides in the preseason, it appears he will be locked in a timeshare with promising rookie Nik Stauskas. Neither player should be targeted in standard leagues, although Stauskas would be the better choice in deep leagues.
Oct 25 - 4:37 PM

The Kings picked up their $3.2 million option on Ben McLemore's contract on Sunday.

He had a rough game on Saturday, but did well overall in preseason thus far. If McLemore can stave off Nik Stauskas, he may be worth a spot in deep leagues, but a timeshare looks imminent, making it tough to own either in standard leagues.
Oct 19 - 2:50 PM

Ben McLemore made just 1-of-7 from the field for four points on Saturday.

He was actually playing well in the preseason, so we can't bash him here. Still, McLemore is not worth drafting in almost any league.
Oct 19 - 1:48 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
PG1Darren Collison
2Ramon Sessions
3Ray McCallum
SG1Ben McLemore
2Nik Stauskas
SF1Rudy Gay
2Omri Casspi
PF1Reggie Evans
2Carl Landry
3Derrick Williams
4Eric Moreland
C1DeMarcus Cousins
2Jason Thompson
3Ryan Hollins