Ben McLemore says he has 'that dog in me to take over games'
Nobody questions Ben McLemore's ability and talent. But there are questions about his drive, intensity and desire. But after a workout this week, he tried to put that to rest.
The knock on Ben McLemore, the smooth shooting guard from Kansas, is that he seems to lack a certain intensity. He's almost too smooth.
Questions of his assertiveness are the major flag. And while McLemore probably has the purest shooting stroke and possibly the most complete offensive package of any draft prospect, he's not a lock to be taken in the top five as some felt he was a few weeks ago. With the rising stocks of Victor Oladipo and Trey Burke, McLemore might find himself as the third guard taken.
McLemore worked out on Wednesday for the Suns -- drafting fifth -- and tried his best to put the questions of his drive and desire to bed.
“Bring the ball up, control it, up-tempo, take control of the game,” McLemore told the Arizona Republic of what he can do better in the NBA. “I could’ve done those things at Kansas, but that’s just how the Kansas system is. I was just playing Kansas basketball. Now, I have an opportunity to play free and play my own game.
"I know deep down inside I can take over games. I know I have that dog in me to take over games.”
It has been difficult to get a real feel on where McLemore is likely to fall in this draft. Some mocks have him first; some have him outside the top five. Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com has McLemore going fourth overall to the Bobcats:
"Any franchise with a total of just 28 wins the past two seasons obviously needs help everywhere, so Charlotte should take the best player available. At this point, in this mock, that guy is McLemore, the sweet-shooting wing from Kansas."
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