With the seventh pick in the NBA draft, the Sacramento Kings select Ben McLemore from the University of Kansas. And just like that, we’re back.
Just as predicted, the 2013 NBA draft was unpredictable. There were winners (Hello, Anthony Bennett), there were losers (*cough* Nerlens Noel) and then there were big winners (what up Sacramento?). Ben McLemore seemed too good to be true. He was considered the best shooter in the 2013 draft class and was rumored to be the number one overall pick. He seemed out of reach for the Kings, who supposedly were willing to do whatever they had to do to make sure McLemore became a King. Luckily, the Kings were able to keep their assets in addition to picking up whom many considered to be the best pick of the draft.
Let’s talk about McLemore. A 6-foot-5, 189 pound guard, McLemore lead Kansas in scoring, averaging 15.9 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per game, 2 assists per game and 1 steal per game. In his one and only season at Kansas, McLemore finished second in the Big 12 in three-point shooting (42 percent) and sixth in three-pointers made per game (1.97). McLemore’s biggest strength is his shooting and many have compared him to a young Ray Allen. As far as weaknesses go, he’s still a young player with much to learn. Although he lead Kansas in shooting, McLemore struggled with consistency often times coming up short on the road.
The Kings organization, the City of Sacramento and fans alike are beyond ecstatic that McLemore is a King. With current Kings front man, Tyreke Evans, most likely jumping ship, McLemore will have the opportunity to become the leading man for the Kings. Although he’s only 20-years-old, McLemore has great potential and with a little maturity and more basketball experience, he will rise to the top.
I truly believe it was fate that allowed McLemore to drop to the seventh pick. I have high hopes for him and I believe in his talent and his potential. McLemore has the opportunity to make a name for himself and a name for the organization. The only thing left to say is welcome home, Ben. Make us proud!