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Ben McLemore was the top player on the Sacramento Kings' draft board, which is always a nice endorsement heading into a rookie season. But do the Kings love him enough to let Tyreke Evans walk in free agency without matching?
As Marc Stein and Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com note, the Kings have sent mixed signals.
Considering how many possessions Evans uses, and his natural position being on the wing, McLemore's ranking depends a lot on Evans leaving. Don't forget that the Kings have Marcus Thornton as well, although he seems more likely to retain his role as a bench scorer.
New Kings coach Mike Malone is a defensive-minded guy, and McLemore's athleticism and strength on that end may make him the Kings' best perimeter defender already. That's important, and his ability to space the floor for DeMarcus Cousins to do his thing doesn't hurt, either.
McLemore could have a very similar rookie year to Bradley Beal, who really kicked it in gear once John Wall assumed the role of primary scoring option. McLemore is probably best suited to being a secondary scorer who has looks created for him, and it will be interesting to see if he's able to fall into that role in Sacramento.
More so than ever before, the game is shifting toward three-point shooters, and McLemore is one of the best spot-up shooters among all rookies. If his teammates help him be who he is, he could win it just by being solid across the board.