Ben McLemore

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Ben McLemore
Free agent
Position Shooting guard
Personal information
Born (1993-02-11) February 11, 1993 (age 26)
St. Louis, Missouri
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight201 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school Oak Hill Academy
(Mouth of Wilson, Virginia)
Christian Life Center
(Humble, Texas)
College Kansas (2012–2013)
NBA draft 2013 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Sacramento Kings
Playing career2013–present
Career history
20132017 Sacramento Kings
2017–2018 Memphis Grizzlies
2017Memphis Hustle
2018–2019 Sacramento Kings
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Ben Edward McLemore III [1] [2] (born February 11, 1993) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). McLemore played college basketball for the Kansas Jayhawks and was known for his athletic ability complemented by his outstanding jump shot. His size, style of play and unique set of abilities had garnered comparisons to former NBA All-Star Ray Allen. [3] [4] [5] He was the seventh pick in the 2013 NBA draft. [6] [7]

Basketball team sport played on a court with baskets on either end

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three. After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one or more one-point free throws. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.

Sacramento Kings American professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California

The Sacramento Kings are an American professional basketball team based in Sacramento, California. The Kings compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the Western Conference's Pacific Division. The Kings are the only team in the major professional North American sports leagues located in Sacramento. The team plays its home games at the Golden 1 Center.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) is a men's professional basketball league in North America; composed of 30 teams. It is widely considered to be the premier men's professional basketball league in the world. The NBA is an active member of USA Basketball (USAB), which is recognized by FIBA as the national governing body for basketball in the United States. The NBA is one of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. NBA players are the world's best paid athletes by average annual salary per player.

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High school career

McLemore played high school basketball at Wellston High School in St. Louis, Missouri for three years, before his school was shut down in 2010. He then attended both Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia and Christian Life Center in Humble, Texas during his senior year of high school.

St. Louis Independent city in the United States

St. Louis is an independent city and a major U.S. port in the state of Missouri, built along the western bank of the Mississippi River, which marks Missouri's border with Illinois. The city had an estimated 2017 population of 308,626 and is the cultural and economic center of the St. Louis metropolitan area, which is the largest metropolitan area in Missouri, the second-largest in Illinois, and the 22nd-largest in the United States.

Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia) school in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia

Oak Hill Academy is a co-educational, private, Baptist-affiliated Christian secondary school in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia, United States. Oak Hill's enrollment of approximately 150 students is 98% boarders, serving grades 8–12. It is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools.

Mouth of Wilson, Virginia human settlement in United States of America

Mouth of Wilson is an unincorporated community, in Grayson County in the U.S. state of Virginia, just north of the North Carolina state line. The community lies in the Blue Ridge Highlands section of the Blue Ridge Mountains which are part of what is considered the 'Middle Appalachian Mountains' on the western banks of the New River, where the Big Wilson Creek empties its waters. The main road through the area is U.S. Route 58; other major roads include Virginia Route 16 and Virginia Route 93.

Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, McLemore was listed as the No. 9 shooting guard and the No. 34 player in the nation in 2011. [8]

Rivals.com is a network of websites that focus mainly on college football and basketball recruiting in the United States. The network was started in 1998 and currently employs more than 300 personnel.

College career

After committing to Kansas, McLemore was deemed ineligible to play by the NCAA because he attended multiple high schools, resulting in his transcripts being "a little fuzzy". [9] He was allowed to practice with the team and take part in team activities starting in the second semester of the school year. [10]

At the beginning of his college career, McLemore was considered to be either a late first-round or early second-round prospect. However, during his first season as a redshirt freshman, McLemore averaged 15.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists, with 49.5% shooting from the field and 87% shooting from the foul line, [11] and was named a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award. [12]

Points in basketball are used to keep track of the score in a game. Points can be accumulated by making field goals or free throws. If a player makes a field goal from within the three-point line, the player scores two points. If the player makes a field goal from beyond the three-point line, the player scores three points. The team that has recorded the most points at the end of a game is declared that game's winner.

Rebound (basketball) basketball term

In basketball, a rebound, colloquially referred to as a board, is a statistic awarded to a player who retrieves the ball after a missed field goal or free throw. Rebounds are also given to a player who tips in a missed shot on his team's offensive end. Rebounds in basketball are a routine part in the game, as most possessions change after a shot is successfully made, or the rebound allows the defensive team to take possession. A rebound can be grabbed by either an offensive player or a defensive player.

Assist (basketball)

In basketball, an assist is attributed to a player who passes the ball to a teammate in a way that leads to a score by field goal, meaning that he or she was "assisting" in the basket. There is some judgment involved in deciding whether a passer should be credited with an assist. An assist can be scored for the passer even if the player who receives the pass makes a basket after dribbling the ball. However, the original definition of an assist did not include such situations, so the comparison of assist statistics across eras is a complex matter.

After declaring for the 2013 NBA Draft, allegations arose that NBA agent Rodney Blackstock had given thousands of dollars in impermissible benefits to McLemore's AAU coach, Darius Cobb, in exchange for Cobb steering McLemore toward certain financial advisers and NBA agents. [13] Lending credence to Cobb's allegations, McLemore had Blackstock on his guest pass list for at least three Kansas home games that season, and subsequently signed Blackstock as his NBA agent. [13] This set of facts caused the launch of an NCAA investigation to determine whether or not Kansas would have to vacate the basketball games in which McLemore played. [13]

Professional career

Sacramento Kings (2013–2017)

2013–14 season

McLemore was selected with the seventh overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2013 NBA draft. [14] On July 13, 2013, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Kings and joined them for the 2013 NBA Summer League. [15] He was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for November 2013. [16]

In February 2014, McLemore was selected to participate in the 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk contest. [17] In the Kings' final game of the regular season on April 16, McLemore scored a season-high 31 points in a loss to the Phoenix Suns. [18] In his rookie season, he played all 82 games (55 starts), averaging 8.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 26.7 minutes per game. [18]

2014–15 season

In July 2014, McLemore re-joined the Kings for the 2014 NBA Summer League where he helped them win the Summer League championship while averaging 12.6 points in seven games. On October 19, 2014, the Kings exercised their third-year team option on McLemore's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2015–16 season. [19] On March 11, 2015, he scored a season-high 27 points in a win over the Charlotte Hornets. [20] He started in all 82 regular season games for the Kings in 2014–15 while averaging 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 32.6 minutes per game. [20]

2015–16 season

On October 3, 2015, the Kings exercised their fourth-year team option on McLemore's rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2016–17 season. [21] On December 5, he had a season-best game with 19 points and 9 rebounds in a loss to the Houston Rockets. [22] On January 28, 2016, he scored a season-high 26 points in a loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. [23] On February 1, McLemore missed his first game of his career due to a sprained right wrist, snapping his consecutive games streak at 211, which was the second-longest in the NBA behind Tristan Thompson (335). [24] He later missed 10 games in March with a finger-tip injury. [25]

2016–17 season

On February 10, 2017, McLemore had a season-high 22 points, helped by a career-best six three-pointers, in a 108–107 win over the Atlanta Hawks. [26] On March 29, 2017, he tied a season high with 22 points in a 112–82 loss to the Utah Jazz. [27]

Memphis Grizzlies (2017–2018)

On July 7, 2017, McLemore signed a multi-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies. [28] On August 8, 2017, he was ruled out for approximately 12 weeks after fracturing his right foot in a pickup game. [29] On November 2, 2017, McLemore was assigned to the Memphis Hustle of the NBA G League. [30] He was recalled a week later, [31] and made his debut for the Grizzlies on November 11, 2017, recording four points and two rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench in a 111–96 loss to the Houston Rockets. [32] On December 9, 2017, he scored a season-high 17 points in a 102–101 overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. [33] On January 19, 2018, he set a new season high with 21 points in a 106–88 win over the Sacramento Kings. [34]

Return to Sacramento (2018–2019)

On July 17, 2018, McLemore was traded, along with Deyonta Davis, a 2021 second-round pick and cash considerations, to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Garrett Temple. [35] On February 7, 2019, he was waived by the Kings. [36]

Career statistics

Legend
  GPGames played  GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage 3P%  3-point field goal percentage FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game APG  Assists per game SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

NBA

Regular season

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2013–14 Sacramento 825526.7.376.320.8042.91.0.5.28.8
2014–15 Sacramento 828232.6.437.358.8132.91.7.9.212.1
2015–16 Sacramento 685321.2.429.362.7182.21.2.8.17.8
2016–17 Sacramento 612619.3.430.382.7532.1.8.5.18.1
2017–18 Memphis 561719.5.421.346.8282.5.9.7.37.5
2018–19 Sacramento 1908.3.391.415.667.9.2.3.23.9
Career36823323.7.417.353.7832.61.1.7.28.8

College

YearTeamGPGSMPGFG%3P%FT%RPGAPGSPGBPGPPG
2012–13 Kansas 373632.2.495.420.8705.22.01.0.715.9

Personal life

On July 4, 2015, Wellston Avenue, the street on which McLemore grew up, was renamed Ben McLemore III Place in his honor. [37]

In March 2017, McLemore's first child, Teagan, was born. [38]

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