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Offensive Comparison: Harrison Barnes
Defensive Comparison: Eric Gordon
This one may look a little wacky on the surface. Harrison Barnes shined as a smallball 4 last season, often using his post game and size to punish defenders.
That's obviously not Ben McLemore's game, but the two are very similar in that they completely lock in on scoring when they get the ball.
That's not necessarily a good thing all the time. You'd prefer a player to not play with blinders on, but there are some advantages that come with it as well.
Barnes showed incredible aggressiveness and the ability to attack mismatches, but will McLemore be able to do the same thing on the wing when defenses have a few extra seconds to help and recover? McLemore's zero assists and 18 turnovers in the Summer League are concerning, but Barnes put up similarly bad numbers (two assists, seven turnovers) in his Vegas debut.
The knock on McLemore was that he was passive at times in college, but the real concern may be his playmaking ability. McLemore is such a great athlete and a scary enough perimeter threat that his pump-and-go game should negate his tunnel vision, much in the same way Barnes was able to towards the end of his rookie season.
Defensively, McLemore has the size, strength and speed to stymie penetration much in the same way fellow shooting guard Eric Gordon does. Both are sturdily built and can handle the physical pounding on the defensive end of the floor.