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.
Ben McLemore supplied 14 points (6-12 FG, 2-3 3Pt), four rebounds, an assist and a steal over 31 minutes in Saturday's 115-106 victory over the Nuggets.
The third-year guard bounced back from three consecutive single-digit scoring efforts to post his second 14-point outing in the last five games. As he had in the first contest with that point total, McLemore managed a success rate of at least 50 percent, and tallied his best percentage from beyond the arc since Jan. 4 versus the Thunder. When both Rajon Rondo and DeMarcus Cousins are in the lineup, McLemore's participation on offense seems to notably decline, making his boost in production likely a temporary one.
Ben McLemore (finger) posted 14 points (5-9 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-3 FT), one assist, and one rebound over 20 minutes in Sunday's 133-111 win over the Mavericks.
The Sacramento Kings brought McLemore back in a bench role in his return from a 10-game absence due to a non-displaced fracture of his right ring finger, but that didn't provide the shooting guard from providing a boost to the second unit. He was one of five players who provided double-digit scoring off the bench for the Kings, but the performance may not lead to many more minutes for McLemore. Seth Curry started his second straight game and provided 14 points (4-7 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-4 FT) in 23 minutes, so it's likely that coach George Karl will continue to stick with him on the top unit.
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