HoopsHype Ben McLemore rumors

December 3, 2013 Updates

If teams could take a mulligan on the 2013 NBA draft, there is no way the former Kansas standout is still available at No.7. True, it’s early. But there have been hints, flashes, indications. McLemore, who appears even younger than this 20 years, is progressing nicely, probably even exceeding expectations given his struggles at the Las Vegas Summer League. “When you have talent like he has, and a work ethic like he does, you are going to succeed,” said Kings adviser and Hall of Famer Chris Mullin. “I love the way he runs the floor. He’s fluid. He’s got beautiful form (on his jumper). He’s got to become more consistent, but if we start finding him out on the break more, he’ll get layups and free throws, and not have to rely on the 3-point shot. The quality of the shots will get better.” Sacramento Bee

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"The bottom line is, whether he starts or comes off the bench right now, Ben is a big part of our future," Malone said. "And I have to continue to show confidence in him and give him an opportunity whether it's at (shooting guard) or (small forward), and he's deserving of that opportunity." Sacramento Bee

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Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2013 draft, dominated the rookie categories. 80% of GMs picked him to win Rookie of the Year, while 40% said he will be the best player of this draft class in five years. Charlotte Bobcats center Cody Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Anthony Bennett, Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore and Boston Celtics center Kelly Olynyk also finished in the top five in the latter question. USA Today Sports

October 9, 2013 Updates

McLemore admits to some bouts with the rookie jitters. He spent much of August and September getting situated in Sacramento, changing his diet, working on his ballhandling, trying to regain the rhythm on his jumper. That last part was befuddling, because McLemore could always shoot. In his one season at Kansas, he converted 50 percent of his field-goal attempts, 42 percent from three-point range and 87 percent from the foul line. "When I let the game come to me and don't force things, play off my defense and use my athleticism, that's when I am most successful," he said. "It's like Mullie has been telling me: 'Don't force things. Keep the same consistent stroke. Just keep shooting.' " Sacramento Bee

September 16, 2013 Updates

Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore was the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, but he hasn’t let it change him. That is, at least, assuming that he liked to enjoy Taco Bell with his mom before he went pro. In an Instagram video he shared early Monday morning, McLemore pranked his mother by putting snakes in her Taco Bell bag. For The Win

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Rookie Ben McLemore must be a little prescient. A short while ago on Twitter, he alerted Kings fans that he was changing his jersey from No.16 to No.17 "for a good reason." Like the fact the organization plans to retire Peja Stojakovic's No.16 jersey in the near future? No confirmation yet - and nothing is imminent - but that's very likely the plan. Meantime, McLemore will stick with No.16 at least for the upcoming season. "We have considered retiring Peja's number," said team president Chris Granger, "and he certainly deserves that honor. (But) at this time, that's all I will say." Sacramento Bee

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Ben McLemore is the best shooter in the 2013 NBA Draft Class. At least that’s what most of his peers seem to think. Yesterday, NBA.com released the results from its rookie survey and the Sacramento Kings guard came in first when it came to the question of best shooter. The survey, which took place at the NBA’s annual Rookie Photo Shoot in New York, polled 36 first-year players on their responses on a variety of topics, including most overlooked and best defender. McLemore took 19.4 percent of the vote, just barely edging out Reggie Bullock of the Los Angeles Clippers, who finished with 16.7 percent of the final tally. The Portland Trail Blazers’ C.J. McCollum and Tony Snell of the Chicago Bulls rounded out the top five. Cowbell Kingdom

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Ben McLemore, who had hoped to be selected first or second, but slipped to seventh overall in the 2013 NBA Draft, carries some added motivation into his first pro season. “I feel I come in with a chip on my shoulder,” former Kansas University guard McLemore, top pick of the Sacramento Kings in the June draft, said Saturday at the Bill Self Basketball Pro Camp for youths in Allen Fieldhouse. He is working the camp with former KU forward Thomas Robinson of the Portland Trail Blazers. “I feel I’ve been through a lot. I feel I am going to work hard to get Rookie of the Year. I know the mindset I’m going to come in and show everybody I could be the alpha dog and win that Rookie of the Year. I’m definitely going to work hard to get that,” McLemore added. Lawrence Journal-World

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"It's not like I can't handle the ball," McLemore said, "but I definitely can get better at it. I was a center until about my junior year (of high school) because I was so tall, and played in the post. I asked to change positions because I wanted to be more versatile, learn to handle the ball better." Improving his handle and his shot selection won't be his only adjustments. His existence has long been a daily adjustment. Within the last five years alone, the St. Louis native twice changed high schools; moved out of an impoverished neighborhood; failed to pre-qualify academically and sat out his first several months at Kansas; emerged as a high lottery prospect after his only season with the Jayhawks; completed an erratic, if tantalizing summer league in Las Vegas, and in his spare time, resided with the Kings in one of the most opulent settings imaginable. Sacramento Bee

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