Kings Rookie Ben McLemore Puts Mike Scott on a Poster in Vegas Summer League
For Ben McLemore, the seventh overall pick in last month's draft, talent has never been a question.
With freakish athleticism, including a shooting stroke that's been compared favorably to the NBA's all-time leader in made threes, Ray Allen, he had all-star potential oozing out of his 6'5", 190-pound frame.
But scouts wanted to see more aggression from the former one-and-done Kansas Jayhawk, more of an alpha-male mentality to maximize his ability.
Well, how was this for aggressive:
BEN MCLE-GIMMEMOREOFTHAT— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) July 19, 2013
There's nothing cheap about this finish.
The Sacramento Kings were on a secondary break off of a Dennis Schroeder miss, meaning the Atlanta Hawks had ample time to get back on defense. The one defender who did get all the way back was Mike Scott, a 6'8", 237-pound power forward with a year of NBA service already under his belt.
A twisting Scott managed to get an arm on McLemore, but the lottery pick absorbed the contact and treated the crowd inside the Cox Pavilion to the dunk of the Las Vegas Summer League.
It's been a bit of a roller-coaster week for McLemore, who had been shooting just 28.1 percent from the field in Sin City. But there's a reason that Kings fans hadn't gone searching for the panic button just yet:
And that's why Ben McLemore gets the hype he does. He's struggled here, but you can't dent the talent. Not a lot of guys can make that play.— NBA Guru (@NBAGuru) July 19, 2013
Their patience has been rewarded and not only by this thunderous flush. With over four minutes left to do further damage, McLemore's already leading all scorers with 25 points on 10-of-21 shooting.
If that lofty praise for his shooting form proves anywhere near as accurate as the scouting reports about his next-level athleticism just were, Sacramento may have done the impossible: The Kings might have just discovered a star in a draft class that wasn't supposed to produce any.
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