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Ben McLemore | Guard

Team: Sacramento Kings
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/11/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 195
College: Kansas
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The Kings picked up their 2016-17 option on Ben McLemore.
The Kings sent Sauce Castillo to Philly, so they have a lot of confidence in McLemore. After the break while the Kings were a little banged up, his usage rate did jump up, but his efficiency went in the other direction. Considering his opportunity, he's worth a look late in drafts. Oct 3 - 3:06 PM

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The Kings have picked up Ben McLemore's fourth-year option.

McLemore had a solid sophomore season with Kings, posting averages of 12.1 points, 2.9 boards, 1.7 assists, 0.9 steals and 1.7 3-pointers per game, so it was an easy decision for Sacramento. McLemore said that he has focused on improving his defense this summer, so that will be something to look for during the preseason. There will be plenty of competition for playing time with Marco Belinelli and Darren Collison vying for minutes, so McLemore is just a late-round flier in standard leagues.
Oct 3 - 9:39 AM

Ben McLemore said he's focusing on improving his defense this season.

McLemore will be sporting a new name (McLemore III) on the back of his jersey and hopes to add a new defensive approach to his game. "I want to continue to work on it," McLemore said. "Not just on my offensive game, but my defensive game, too. Watching film, figuring out different guys’ tendencies, how they play on the floor, learn from that and take it out on the floor and work on my defense from there." McLemore finished the 2014-15 season with a flourish, but he'll be competing for minutes with Marco Belinelli and Darren Collison and is nothing more than a late-round flier in standard fantasy leagues.
Oct 1 - 10:48 AM

Ben McLemore has reportedly been working with the Kings' coaching staff throughout the summer.

McLemore made some major improvements during his sophomore season, putting in averages of 12.1 points and 1.7 three-pointers per game over 32.6 minutes of action. However, he'll have some increased competition for minutes this upcoming season with Marco Belinelli in town, and Darren Collison likely to spend some more time at the two-spot next to Rajon Rondo. We'll be watching Sacramento's rotations closely leading up to the regular-season, but if McLemore isn’t able to secure the starting shooting guard position, his numbers will likely head in a downward trajectory.
Jul 8 - 12:32 PM

Ben McLemore dropped 24 points in an easy win over the Lakers on Wednesday, adding five boards, seven assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 40 minutes.

The Kings were depleted tonight and McLemore was the primary option on offense. He needs to improve his ball-handling skills this summer as well as his ability to create shots off the dribble, so owners will want to keep a close eye on his progress heading into fantasy drafts next season.
Apr 16 - 1:26 AM

Ben McLemore scored eight points on 2-of-7 shooting (including a three) with five rebounds, two assists and one steal in 31 minutes on Monday against the Lakers.

McLemore was coming off a huge outing of 20 points, seven assists, five boards, four steals and two treys so needless to say this was disappointing. He'll be a boom or bust play on a busy Wednesday night when the Kings and Lakers do it again in L.A.
Apr 14 - 4:41 AM

Ben McLemore finished Sunday's road loss with a career-high seven assists to go along with 20 points, two 3-pointers, five rebounds and four steals in 38 minutes.

McLemore has settled into a productive groove for fantasy owners since the start of April, returning mid-round value thanks to hefty scoring (15.7 ppg), 3-pointers (2.0) and steals (1.5), as well as solid percentages. He's been an inconsistent scorer this season, but owners might as well ride him with only two games left on the schedule.
Apr 12 - 7:37 PM

Ben McLemore scored 20 points on 8-of-17 shooting (including four threes) with four rebounds, one assist and one block in Friday's loss.

McLemore has struggled with confidence amidst the front office chaos, but the Thunder's lax defense gave him a good spot to try and turn that around. The Kings are hit-and-miss on most nights and McLemore can get lost in an instant, but theoretically he should be getting more opportunities these days.
Apr 11 - 2:59 AM

Ben McLemore cooled off during Tuesday's 116-111 win vs. the Wolves, hitting 3-of-7 shots to finish with seven points and two assists before fouling out in 17 minutes.

His playing time was sharply curbed by the foul trouble and he should return to double-digit scoring on Wednesday despite a tough matchup with the Jazz defense. Feel free to deploy him if you're in need of points, 3-pointers and steals with a trickle of boards and assists.
Apr 8 - 12:38 AM

Ben McLemore made 8-of-12 shots including a pair of 3-pointers to finish Sunday's game with 20 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals.

He logged a team-high 38 minutes and was the Kings player who stepped up the most with Rudy Gay (concussion) out of commission. Gay is day-to-day and could return as soon as Tuesday but McLemore is playing well enough to be owned regardless of Gay's status.
Apr 5 - 11:42 PM

Ben McLemore scored 17 points on 7-of-15 shooting (including three treys) with three rebounds, two assists and two steals over 34 minutes in Friday's loss to the Pelicans.

We thought we'd be seeing these lines with more regularity but apparently the chaos in Sacramento has gotten to McLemore, too. His confidence has been an issue in the last two-thirds of the season, but with a good schedule he's certainly worth a look for some 3-point shooting.
Apr 4 - 2:46 AM

Ben McLemore (wrist) played on Friday and scored nine points on 3-of-7 shooting with two threes, two assists and one steal in 27 minutes.

McLemore's wrist is fine but he is dealing with some confidence issues and might not be positioned to take advantage of the Kings' tanking down the stretch. He's a deep league guy right now.
Mar 21 - 2:48 AM

Kings' head coach George Karl said that Ben McLemore is "fine," after suffering a wrist injury on Wednesday.

This is very positive news after he was spotted wearing a brace on his right wrist following Wednesday's game, and we're going to consider him probable for Friday's game against the Hornets. Owners can expect to get another update following Friday morning's shootaround, so stay tuned for that.
Mar 19 - 3:37 PM

Ben McLemore suffered a wrist injury and played just 19 minutes on Wednesday, missing all five of his shots and failing to score.

To make matters worse, he was spotted wearing a brace on his right wrist/hand after the game, so there could be something to this injury. Dropping him for OKC's Anthony Morrow, who is heating up, seems to make sense at this point.
Mar 19 - 1:58 AM

Ben McLemore made 2-of-10 from the field against the Wizards on Saturday for seven points, four rebounds, one assist, one steal and one 3-pointer.

He lost some playing time to Nik Stauskas tonight and has turned in two bad games in a row. The Kings are now armed and ready to tank as they look to move into the top five, so expect to see more minutes from McLemore. Still, he has to actually do something with those minutes. Just keep an eye on him for now.
Mar 14 - 9:27 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Rajon Rondo
2Darren Collison
3David Stockton
SG1Ben McLemore
2Marco Belinelli
3James Anderson
4Seth Curry
5Marshall Henderson
SF1Rudy Gay
2Omri Casspi
3Caron Butler
PF1DeMarcus Cousins
2Quincy Acy
3Eric Moreland
4Vince Hunter
C1Kosta Koufos
2Willie Cauley-Stein
3Arturas Gudaitis