HoopsHype Ben McLemore rumors

August 27, 2013 Updates

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

July 20, 2013 Updates

At 6-foot-5 — and he’ll beef up his 195-pound frame — McLemore has the size coaches love at the 2, and he showed off his ability to run the floor and finish with thunderous jams that lifted special guest DeMarcus Cousins out of his seat on the bench. More impressive was the patience he showed on offense to put the ball on the floor and maneuver to get his shot. He and impressive second-round pick, point guard Ray McCallum played well together with several of McCallum’s 11 assists (with 12 points) went to McLemore. “He’s a great kid and he’s working his butt off,” Malone said. “He’s given great focus and he’s willing to learn. At breakfast with him [Thursday], the big thing was keep your head up, don’t get down on yourself; we still love you, we still believe in you and I wanted him to come out here the last game and just be aggressive and play confidently, and he showed that in the third quarter. NBA.com

July 16, 2013 Updates

The scouting report is out — Golden State overplayed Sacramento Kings rookie Ben McLemore’s right hand, shifted their defense on him and dared him to try and go left. He didn’t, even when he went left he tried to pull it back and move right to get his shot. The result was a 4-of-12 shooting night for the No. 7 pick. “I don’t feel like they were,” McLemore said of the effort to push him left. “They was just trying to stop me from shooting. That’s what most teams going to do, so when I see that I’m going to drive to the hole, get into the lane, get to the line.” NBCSports.com

When McLemore tried to drive the need to improve his handles showed — he lost the ball a couple times, once getting away with a carry before he was stripped in the pant. But Warriors coach Mike Malone wants him to keep driving. “That was one of the things they said about him coming out of Kansas, that right now he’s a straight-line driver but he doesn’t have the great ability to break his man down off the dribble so along with his shot selection we’re going to work on his handle,” Malone said…. “He has to realize… that if your jump shot’s not going sometimes drive the ball, get to the foul line, get an easy one, see that ball go through the net and that will help you out for your next one.” NBCSports.com

July 13, 2013 Updates

The Sacramento Kings today signed first-round draft pick Ben McLemore to a contract, according to Kings General Manager Pete D’Alessandro. Sacramento selected McLemore with the seventh-overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. NBA.com

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According to McLemore's agent, Rodney Blackstock, the league has lined up Webber, Vlade Divac and Mitch Richmond as mentors for the 20-year-old rookie. No word on whether Chris Mullin - who has a soft spot for shooters, understandably - will join the group. Mullin is continuing to work with Ranadive and D'Alessandro in an unofficial consultant role, but whether he takes on a more permanent front office position remains to be seen. D'Alessandro, however, who was on Mullin's staff in Golden State, plans a few more hires. Sacramento Bee

Finally, it would be an understatement to say Ranadive is enjoying his new gig as an NBA boss. He had this to say about McLemore: "Ben's story is the stuff of legends. This is the story of the triumph of hard work over adversity. Success against all odds. This is the stuff that movies are made of. I know that Ben's motto is 'stay humble, stay hungry.' And these are words we can live by as well." Turning toward McCallum, he said: "Ray is also a very impressive young man. Coming out of high school, he was one of the most sought-after basketball players in the country. And he, too, stayed hungry. He's a smart kid who decided to play for his Dad, a great coach (Michael Malone) in his own right. And everybody knows I love coaches' kids (laugh). Sacramento Bee

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McLemore, on the bus ride back from visiting the 9/11 Memorial as part of the NBA Cares community outreach program, was the first one to clap for the speech given by a survivor of the terrorist attacks in 2001. He also chimed in with the first “thank you” after Anthoula Katsimatides, the sister of a victim of the attacks who was on hand Wednesday to give the 2013 draft class a tour of the grounds, shared the history of the pristine property and wished luck to a bunch of guys who were not yet 10 years old at the time of the tragedy. Lawrence Journal-World

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