Veteran Arron Afflalo was reinserted to the starting lineup for the club's final tilt, playing for just the third time in the team's last 10 contests. McLemore could see a dip in his minutes as a result, but will still likely see enough time to provide some fantasy value.
McLemore started at small forward and put up 13 points (3-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 7-9 FT), nine rebounds, one assist and one steal across 27 minutes in a 129-104 win over the Suns.
While those who rolled with McLemore in DFS lineups may have expected a little more scoring, it's hard to be disappointed with his line, as he still managed to tie his season high in rebounds. The former lottery pick is averaging 15.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.7 three-pointers and 1.1 assists in 24.9 minutes per game over the last seven contests and should be in store for a similar amount of playing time in the season finale Wednesday against the Clippers. Coach Dave Joerger has been regularly resting some of the team's veterans for the last few weeks, but McLemore hasn't been included among that group of players.
McLemore will start at small forward Tuesday against the Suns, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports.
McLemore will move up to the top unit in place of Garrett Temple, who started there in the Kings' previous game Sunday against the Rockets. The 24-year-old has been trending up lately with averages of 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 three-pointers and 1.2 assists in 24.5 minutes per game over his last five contests, and the starting appointment could give him even more appeal in DFS contests.
McLemore accumulated 18 points (6-15 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT) and three rebounds across 24 minutes during Sunday's 135-128 loss to the Rockets.
McLemore has seen at least 24 minutes in five of the past six contests, as coach Dave Joerger has opted to give his younger players a look with the team being eliminated from playoff contention. While he doesn't provide much fantasy value other than points, McLemore has drained 52.9 percent of his 3.4 three-point attempts per game over the past five contests, making him a valuable option for those in need of triples.
McLemore generated a game-high 22 points (8-13 FG, 5-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT) to go with three rebounds and two steals across 26 minutes off the bench in a 98-87 win over the Mavericks on Tuesday.
With averages of 16.5 points (on 57.8% shooting from the field), 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 three-pointers and 1.3 assists per game over his last five contests, McLemore looks to be finishing the season on a high note, a convenient development with the 23-year-old bound for restricted free agency in the offseason. Coach Dave Joerger has regularly rested the team's veteran players in recent contests in order to assess options for 2017-18, so it's expected that McLemore will continue to benefit from regular run in a starting role or off the bench in the Kings' final four games. McLemore could be worth a look for fantasy owners in need of a boost in scoring or three-point production over the season's final week.
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