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Ben McLemore Picked by Sacramento Kings: Scouting Report and Analysis

February 02, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Ben McLemore (23) drives the baseboard in the first half of the game against the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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Daniel O'BrienFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2013

With the No. 7 pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Sacramento Kings selected Ben McLemore from the University of Kansas.

Here's everything you need to know about McLemore:


Physical Tools

Here's how Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman breaks down McLemore's physical attributes:

If you were to draw up a blueprint to build the ideal off-guard athlete, Ben McLemore is what you'd come up with.

At 6'5'' with fluid athleticism and explosiveness in the open floor, McLemore has the physical tools that allow him to elude defenders on the way to the rim and consistently finish above it. He measured a whopping 42'' max vertical leap at the combine.


Getting to Know Ben McLemore 

Humble beginnings and a turbulent high school career have made Ben McLemore who he is: a competitive athlete who's a somewhat reluctant leader.

It sometimes took prodding for him to be an assertive player at Kansas, but deep down, he's a driven, motivated star.


NBA Player Comparison 

The consensus among most NBA scouts and executives is that Ben McLemore will be a more athletic version of Ray Allen. He won't be someone who consistently creates offense, but he'll constantly be a scoring threat as a perimeter sniper.

If things somehow don't work out for him, his basement is an athletic role-playing shooter like Wes Johnson.


Pro Predictions 

McLemore's physical gifts and polished shooting motion will make him an instant threat.

That doesn't necessarily mean he'll be a star from the get-go, but it does mean he'll be a quality offensive asset and a handful in the open floor.

Once his ball-handling and shot-creation skills improve, his length and vertical agility will do the rest. He'll be a top-tier performer—one who can drive to the tin or burn foes from deep. Out of all the prospects in this draft, McLemore is one of the few who truly have superstar potential.

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