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Ben McLemore | Guard | #23

Team: Memphis Grizzlies
Age / DOB:  (24) / 2/11/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 195
College: Kansas
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 1 (7) / SAC
Contract: view contract details

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Ben McLemore (right foot surgery) made his season debut on Saturday with four points, two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in 18 minutes.
McLemore had a loose 15-minute limit tonight, so it was encouraging to see him exceed that in his first game for Memphis. David Fizdale confirmed that he's ahead of Wayne Selden (quad), but he'll still face plenty of competition from Dillon Brooks and Tyreke Evans. The Grizzlies rank 23rd in team 3-point percentage and could really use McLemore's range, but most owners should take a wait-and-see approach. Nov 11 - 10:51 PM

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Ben McLemore (foot) will play approximately 15 minutes off the bench in his regular-season debut Saturday vs. Houston.

Coach David Fizdale has leaned heavily on second-round rookie Dillon Brooks, who is averaging 29.6 minutes per game this season. McLemore should eat into Brooks' playing time substantially. Tyreke Evans and James Ennis could see their minutes dip a bit also. If McLemore plays well, he'll have a chance to crack the starting lineup. He's worth considering as a stash in deeper leagues.
Nov 11 - 10:17 AM

Memphis coach David Fizdale was noncommittal about Ben McLemore's role for his Grizzlies debut on Saturday.

"He’s coming off a broken foot. We’ll get his feet wet," Fizdale said. "We’ll see what works and take it day by day." McLemore will likely be brought along slowly, but deep-league owners can keep a close eye on him to see if he can leapfrog Tyreke Evans or Dillon Brooks in the rotation.
Nov 9 - 10:24 AM

Ben McLemore (foot) is on track to make his regular-season debut Saturday vs. Houston.

McLemore will likely be eased back into things in Memphis, and while he could eventually make his way into the starting five, he'll have some tough competition for minutes from Tyreke Evans and Dillon Brooks. The Grizzlies have a very crowded backcourt, so it's tough to see McLemore making an impact in most 12-team leagues.
Nov 7 - 4:15 PM

Ben McLemore will play in the G League on Sunday and his foot is pain free.

He's right on schedule and is hopeful to be back in the NBA later this month. Although, it's going to be tough for him to get minutes because Dillon Brooks is off to a fast start and Tyreke Evans is rolling. We'll see if he can challenge James Ennis, as well.
Nov 4 - 8:39 PM

Ben McLemore (foot) has been sent down to the G-League.

McLemore will be going down the G-League on a rehab assignment, and he's on track to make it back to the court in about two weeks. He'll have an opportunity to start once he's fully up to speed, but Memphis' crowded backcourt somewhat limits his upside, so he's not the most appealing stash in 12-team leagues.
Nov 1 - 1:59 PM

The Grizzlies announced on Tuesday that Ben McLemore (foot surgery) has returned to full practice, including contact drills and is expected to return to game action in approximately two weeks.

The Grizz inked McLemore to a two-year, $10.7 million deal over the summer, and he was projected to start at shooting guard before fracturing the fifth metatarsal of his right foot. Once he's back to full strength, he'll likely replace Andrew Harrison in the starting lineup. However, the Grizz have plenty of depth at SG and on the wing, with Tyreke Evans and Wayne Selden also in the mix, which limits McLemore's upside.
Oct 31 - 6:09 PM

David Fizdale said that Ben McLemore (foot surgery) is close to getting back to the court.

Fizdale has hinted in the past that he'll strongly consider starting McLemore once he's fully up to speed, so it looks like Andrew Harrison's days as the starting two-man in Memphis are numbered. McLemore is going to be brought along slowly, but once his restrictions are lifted, he might cut into Tyreke Evans and Dillon Brooks' minutes. McLemore could make sense as a speculative add in deep leagues, but he's not the most attractive guy in standard 12-team leagues.
Oct 31 - 3:13 PM

David Fizdale said his starting five won't be solidified until he gets a good look at Ben McLemore once he completes his rehab from foot surgery.

Mike Conley, JaMychal Green and Marc Gasol are locked in as starters, but the starting shooting guard and small forward position appear to still be up for grabs. McLemore won't be ready for opening night, but it sounds like he'll get the opportunity to make his case as a starter once he's cleared to play. Tyreke Evans and Wayne Selden will be splitting most of the two-guard minutes until McLemore gets back, with Evans being the more attractive target between the two.
Oct 11 - 12:49 PM

Ben McLemore (foot) said he started his rehab.

He is expected to miss the next 12 weeks with the fracture of his fifth metatarsal. McLemore may have lost some ground for the last couple rotation spots with Wayne Selden playing really well in summer league. Tyreke Evans could also pick up some value, and this puts slightly more pressure on Chandler Parsons (knee) to stay healthy.
Aug 11 - 4:25 PM

Ben McLemore underwent surgery to repair a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot and will be sidelined for an estimated 12 weeks.

According to the Grizzlies press release, the injury occurred when he landed on another player’s foot after driving to the basket during a pick-up game in Los Angeles. Based on the early estimate, McLemore is expected to return in late October or early November, which means he'll miss training camp, the entire preseason and the first couple weeks of the regular season. This obviously greatly diminishes his fantasy appeal. Tyreke Evans, Wayne Selden and Troy Daniels figure to be the biggest beneficiaries if McLemore misses more time than expected.
Aug 8 - 1:54 PM

Free agent G Ben McLemore is finalizing a two-year, $10.7 million deal with the Grizzlies, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Kings declined to make McLemore a restricted free agent this summer, and he was previous linked to the Lakers, Knicks and Bucks. He could be a nice fit in Memphis with both Tony Allen and Vince Carter in free agency, leaving a big hole at the SG spot. McLemore never quite found his footing in Sacramento, but could enter the fantasy conversation in a favorable situation with the Grizzlies.
Jul 2 - 10:27 PM

The Lakers, Knicks and Bucks reportedly contacted unrestricted FA Ben McLemore soon after free agency began on Friday night.

The Lakers traded away D'Angelo Russell this offseason, while Nick Young opted for free agency, so L.A.'s backcourt isn't particularly deep despite the arrival of Lonzo Ball. McLemore struggled to make a sustained impact for fantasy owners in Sacramento, and it would require an ideal scenario to warrant drafting him next season. The Vertical also added Memphis contacted B-Mac.
Jul 1 - 1:25 AM

The Kings will decline extending a qualifying offer to Ben McLemore.

That will make him an unrestricted free agent. With the news of Bogdan Bogdanovic coming over next year, this move had a very good chance to happen. The No. 7 pick from the 2013 draft never really got it going and he's seen a litany of players leapfrog him for playing time. Last year, he played just 19.3 minutes per game for 8.1 points per outing. Some team will probably take a chance on him as a backup next year.
Jun 28 - 4:07 PM

Coach Dave Joerger said he "absolutely" wants Ben McLemore on the Kings next season.

What the Kings say and what they do are two different things, but McLemore did improve later in the season. After the break, McLemore averaged 11.5 points per game on a 56.7 true shooting percentage and he was able to get fairly consistent minutes. The Kings probably won't be drafting a shooting guard for the umpteenth time, but Buddy Hield is obviously ahead of B-Mac for now.
Apr 13 - 6:29 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Mike Conley
2Mario Chalmers
3Andrew Harrison
SG1James Ennis
2Ben McLemore
3Wayne Selden
4Kobi Simmons
SF1Dillon Brooks
2Tyreke Evans
PF1JaMychal Green
2Jarell Martin
3Chandler Parsons
4Ivan Rabb
5Vince Hunter
C1Marc Gasol
2Brandan Wright
3Deyonta Davis