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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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Kings coach Mike Malone said that Ben McLemore needs to work on his "jump shot, his ball-handling, his passing decisions and becoming a better defender this year."
"He has all the physical tools to be a good defender in the NBA," Malone said, "but from a mental standpoint now he has to lock in every night and know who he’s guarding so he can shut those guys down." That laundry list of weaknesses helps to explain why Sacramento drafted SG Nik Stauskas with the No. 8 pick this summer, and why fantasy owners should shy away from McLemore on draft day. Sep 27 - 10:09 PM

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Ben McLemore will be the new spokesperson on the Kings for the Pizza Guys restaurant chain.

Kings fans and League Pass subscribers probably had their fair share of chuckles with Isaiah Thomas' Pizza Guys commercials last year, but the company needs a new pitch man with Thomas playing for the Suns. Hopefully the ads will help McLemore, who had a horrible rookie season. While we loved Thomas last year and were definitely Pizza Guys, we're probably not going to be this year with McLemore.
Sep 15 - 8:44 PM

Kings coach Mike Malone said earlier this summer that Ben McLemore and rookie Nik Stauskas "can play together without any problems."

"They both have a pretty good understanding of the game and they play well off of each other," said Malone. "When you have two guys who have the potential to shoot as well as they do, it’s going to pose problems for other teams." McLemore shot just 37.6 percent in limited action last season, including 32.0 percent from downtown. In spite of Malone's optimism, McLemore faces a major challenge from Stauskas, who is a 3-point marksman, and it's best to leave McLemore undrafted in standard fantasy drafts while this position battle plays out.
Sep 10 - 12:43 PM

The Kings are still committed to 2013 draft pick Ben McLemore.

"I told him," coach Michael Malone said of McLemore, " ‘Listen, we drafted Nik Stauskas. That’s not any slight on you. We still believe in you. You’re still our guy and we still expect great things from you from Year 1 to Year 2.’" McLemore has really struggled on both ends of the floor. At times, he was replaced defensively by Marcus Thornton, which is saying something. On offense, he really hasn't been able to separate. There's little reason to draft him in any fantasy league.
Jul 21 - 10:03 AM

Ben McLemore scored 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting to go with six boards, four assists, one steal and one block.

This was McLemore's best game of Summer League thus far as he shot with confidence and did not look overwhelmed on the defensive end. He vastly outplayed his teammate Nik Stauskas (four points, 1-of-3 shooting) in the win on Thursday as the two continue to battle for the starting shooting guard spot for the Kings.
Jul 17 - 6:56 PM

Ben McLemore scored 18 points on 7-of-10 shooting on Monday to go with six boards, five turnovers and one 3-pointer.

His regular season ended on a high note with a 31-point outing vs. the Suns on Apr. 16, but he hasn't done much else since. McLemore was overdue for a good game and he's lost a lot of ground on Nik Stauskas.
Jul 14 - 7:53 PM

Ben McLemore's struggles continued again on Sunday vs. the Hornets, making 4-of-10 from the field for 11 points, one rebound, no assists, five fouls, three turnovers and no 3-pointers.

All of his makes were around the basket and he just can't hit shots these days. McLemore was also exposed on defense, which has arguably been his biggest weakness among more than we can count. He needs a big game in the worst way.
Jul 13 - 8:16 PM

Ben McLemore shot 2-of-8 from the field for 11 points with three boards, four fouls and two 3-pointers.

He had an inexcusable eight turnovers and was outplayed by rookie Nik Stauskas tonight. His shot selection didn't get any better either. McLemore said he'd like to improve and become a better all-around player, but he just didn't play within himself. He's in jeopardy of losing playing time despite Isaiah Thomas heading out of town.
Jul 12 - 12:09 AM

Ben McLemore said on Monday that he's looking to prove he's more than a spot-up shooter.

Well, he wasn't much of a spot-up shooter last season. McLemore made just 29.7 percent of his spot-up shots in his rookie campaign (Synergy) and never got his game off the ground. He had a disappointing Las Vegas Summer League last July and will look to have a better showing this time around. Plus, there is more pressure on him with the Kings drafting Nik Stauskas with the eighth pick.
Jul 8 - 11:06 AM

The Celtics and Kings are discussing a trade sending Ben McLemore to Boston for the sixth overall pick, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

McLemore was selected seventh overall in last years' draft, but was disappointing in his rookie campaign. He only averaged 8.8 points on 37.6 percent shooting for the Kings. Although no deal has been made yet, it is surprising the Celtics value McLemore higher than some of the top prospects in this years draft.
Jun 26 - 7:55 PM

Ben McLemore will play in Las Vegas Summer League in July.

He was there last summer and didn't look great. His inability to get his own shot carried over into the regular season, so that will likely be a major focus of the coaching staff again this July. He's not worth drafting in most fantasy leagues just yet.
Jun 13 - 1:51 PM

Ben McLemore ended his season with a bang on Wednesday during a 104-99 loss to the Suns, scoring a career-high 31 points with five boards, five assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 42 minutes.

He scored 19 points on Sunday and figured out how to get his own shot to close the season. McLemore's off-the-ball game needed some work throughout the year and his isolation game was non-existent for much of the season, but he showed some promise. Still, the sample size is too small to make him a target in drafts next season.
Apr 17 - 1:16 AM

Kings rookie Ben McLemore scored 19 points on 6-of-11 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs with three 3-pointers on Sunday, marking his second-highest scoring total of the season.

His 39 minutes were second only to Derrick Williams and it's encouraging to see him catch fire from the field, since his 37.0 percent shooting is a glaring problem for a 'shooting guard'. He was the No. 7 pick in the 2013 draft and the Kings have played him 26 minutes per game as a rookie, so he should get no lack of opportunities during his sophomore season.
Apr 14 - 12:40 AM

Ben McLemore was ejected from Saturday's game after picking up two technical fouls, and he finished the game with 14 points, two 3-pointers and one rebound in 32 minutes.

McLemore's second technical was assessed after he pushed J.J. Redick in the face, though it's unlikely to result in any further punishment or suspension. Travis Outlaw and Jared Cunningham added six points apiece to lead the Kings' reserves, but it wasn't nearly enough to steal a road win vs. the Clippers.
Apr 12 - 6:52 PM

Ben McLemore played 39 minutes and hit 3-of-9 shots and a 3-pointer for 11 points, eight rebounds and two assists in Tuesday's loss.

The Kings are banged up and have nothing left to play for and McLemore could be a very sneak play down the stretch. Especially if he can start hitting some shots.
Apr 9 - 1:10 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1Darren Collison
2Ramon Sessions
3Ray McCallum
SG1Ben McLemore
2Nik Stauskas
SF1Rudy Gay
2Omri Casspi
3Alonzo Gee
PF1Reggie Evans
2Carl Landry
3Derrick Williams
4Alex Oriakhi
5Eric Moreland
C1DeMarcus Cousins
2Jason Thompson