McLemore's big scoring total on efficient shooting from the field was encouraging to see, but the level of competition obviously factored into his strong performance. After the
McLemore, the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, is entering the final season of his rookie contract, but with the Kings actively trying to trade him for the past year, it doesn't seem as though he's viewed as a part of the team's future plans. The 23-year-old regressed badly in his third NBA campaign in 2015-16, averaging 7.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals while shooting 42.9 percent from the floor across 21.2 minutes per game, more than 11 minutes fewer than he'd averaged the year before. With the Kings bringing in Arron Afflalo this offseason to start at shooting guard, McLemore's role may decline even further.
Ben McLemore posted 24 points (10-20 FG, 4-9 3Pt), five rebounds, three assists, and two steals in 40 minutes during the Sacramento Kings ' 116-81 loss to the Rockets on Wednesday.
McLemore was the only King who was able to get it going offensively on Wednesday, and Sacramento was blown out accordingly. McLemore took a step back during 2015-16, as his averages in scoring, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, threes, and minutes dipped along with his overall field-goal percentage. He actually saw less time this year than he did as a rookie in 2013-14, and it's tough to call McLemore's junior season anything else but a big disappointment.
Ben McLemore will draw the start in Monday's matchup with the Suns, Matt Peterson of Suns.com reports.
With both Rajon Rondo and Darren Collison out for this one, McLemore should have a solid opportunity to shine. Seth Curry, James Anderson, and McLemore are the only real backcourt options available for the Sacramento Kings in this one. Seeing as the Kings are choosing to rest their star players on the road to end the season, there is a good chance McLemore could see big minutes in their season finale as well.
Ben McLemore returned to a bench role in Tuesday's 115-107 loss to the Trail Blazers and finished with seven points (3-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt), two rebounds, one assist, one steal, and five turnovers across 27 minutes.
McLemore nabbed the start at shooting guard in the Sacramento Kings ' previous game Saturday against the Nuggets and notched 14 points, but coach George Karl opted to go back to Seth Curry for Monday's contest. Curry, who has started six of the last seven games, shined again with 17 points in the loss, and has proven to be a much more capable complement next to point guard Rajon Rondo. The Kings are expected to hold out several of their rotation players over the final four games of the season, and while that should open up additional minutes for McLemore, the third-year guard has done little this season to show that he can take advantage of it.
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