Ben McLemore
Ben McLemore
27-Year-Old GuardG
Houston Rockets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a two-year contract with the Rockets in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

McLemore was born Feb. 11, 1993 in St. Louis, Missouri. He attended Wellston High School there for three seasons and was named to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's all-metro team his junior year. He averaged 28.3 points, 12.7 rebounds and 6.2 assists that season. The school then shut down and McLemore was forced to transfer. He initially went to Oak Hill Academy in Virginia for his senior season, but transferred to Christian Life Center in Texas and appeared in six games. McLemore received interest from schools such as Ohio State and Tennessee before ultimately committing to Kansas.

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McLemore redshirted his freshman 2011-12 season at Kansas. His college tenure proceeded to be a one-and-done, solely encompassing the 2012-13 campaign. He started in all but one of the 37 games he appeared in, averaging 15.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals in 32.2 minutes. He shot 49.5 percent from the field, 42.0 percent from three on 4.7 attempts per contest and 87.0 percent from the free-throw line. Those numbers helped him be named to the All-American Second Team and the All-Big 12 First Team. McLemore's best performance of the season occurred March 2 during a win over West Virginia. He played 30 minutes and posted 36 points (12-15 FG, 5-6 3Pt, 7-9 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and one steal. It was one of his three performances with at least 30 points. McLemore also had nine efforts with at least seven rebounds and three efforts with at least four assists. McLemore was selected with the seventh overall pick by the Sacramento Kings in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Fails to score in Game 3 loss
GHouston Rockets
August 22, 2020
McLemore scored zero points (0-2 FG, 0-2 3Pt), adding two rebounds and one steal in 18 minutes during Saturday's 119-107 loss to Oklahoma City.
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McLemore laid a goose egg on Saturday, continuing to be one of the most inconsistent players in the league. His overall value is completely reliant on his scoring ability and so when that deserts him, he has very little to fall back on.
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2018

McLemore began the season with the Kings. That's where he spent the first four years of his career before playing for the Grizzlies in 2017-18. He appeared in 19 games, seeing 8.3 minutes per contest. He averaged 3.9 points on 39.1 percent shooting. He shot 41.5 percent from three on 41 attempts. McLemore often wasn't a part of the rotation and missed some time due to personal reasons. Sacramento eventually waived him in early February. He set season highs of 20 points, three rebounds, two blocks, one steal and one assist. The 20 points he scored ensured that he had at least one 20-point outing in every season of his career. The Kings went on to finish the season 39-43.

2017

During July of 2017, McLemore signed a contract with the Grizzlies after spending the first four seasons of his career with the Kings. However, in August, he suffered a fractured foot during a pickup game. That caused him to miss the first 11 games of the 2017-18 season. He made his season and team debut Nov. 11 during a 15-point loss to the Rockets. He played 18 minutes and posted four points (2-5 FG, 0-1 3Pt), two rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block. McLemore appeared in 56 games (17 starts) across the campaign. He saw 19.5 minutes per game, averaging 7.5 points and 2.5 rebounds. McLemore shot 42.1 percent from the field, 34.6 percent from three and a career-high 82.8 percent from the charity stripe. He set a new single-game career high with three blocks as well. McLemore's best performance of the season was Mar. 3 during a seven-point loss to the Magic. He posted 20 points (8-14 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 2-4 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and one steal in 38 minutes. The Grizzlies finished the season 22-60 and did not make the postseason.

2016

McLemore appeared in 61 games (26 starts) for the Kings in 2016-17. He saw 19.3 minutes per game, averaging 8.1 points and 2.1 rebounds. He also shot 43.0 percent from the field, 38.2 percent from three-point range (a career high) and 75.3 percent from the charity stripe. McLemore set a new single-game high with 10 rebounds April 11 against the Suns. His best performance of the season occurred during a one-point win over the Hawks on Feb. 10. McLemore started, played 42 minutes and recorded 22 points, nine rebounds, three assists and four steals. It was one of his three 20-point games of the campaign. His best stretch of the season was from Feb. 8-27. Across eight games, he averaged 14.3 points on 10.8 shots, 3.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 30.8 minutes of run. The Kings also won five of those contests. Overall, Sacramento finished the season 32-50 and did not qualify for the postseason.

2015

McLemore played 68 games (53 starts) during the 2015-16 campaign. He saw 21.2 minutes per game and averaged 7.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists. He also shot 42.9 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from three-point range (career high) and 71.8 percent from the charity stripe. McLemore's best performance of the season occurred Jan. 28 during a nine-point loss to the Pelicans. McLemore started and played 31 minutes, recording 26 points (9-17 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 3-4 FT), four rebounds, two assists and one steal. It was one of his two games with at least 20 points. McLemore also recorded at least four rebounds in 17 games, at least two assists in 23 games and at least one steal in 35 games. He also hit at least three triples in six contests. His best shooting month was December. Across 13 games, he shot 55.1 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from distance. Although the Kings finished the season 33-49 and did not make the playoffs, McLemore provided some solid play at times, particularly from beyond the arc.

2014

McLemore appeared in all 82 games for the Kings in 2014-15 -- his second season in a row reaching that mark. This time, however, he started each one, seeing a much bigger role than the one he had during his rookie campaign. He saw 32.6 minutes per game and averaged a career-high 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and a career-high 1.7 assists. He also hit career marks in field-goal percentage (43.7), three point percentage (35.8) and free throw percentage (81.3). McLemore set a new single-game high of seven assists as well. His seven-assist game was his best overall performance of the season, as he added 24 points (9-18 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 4-6 FT), five rebounds and two steals. McLemore's best stretch of the season occurred Nov. 20 through Dec. 5. Across the eight games, he averaged 15.3 points on 11.8 shots plus 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 38.2 minutes. He also posted two of his 13 outings with 20 or more points during that stretch.

2013

Following one season at Kansas, McLemore was selected with the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Kings. He made his NBA debut during the first game of the season, which was a two-point win over the Nuggets on Oct. 30. McLemore played 17 minutes and posted four points, one rebound and one block. He appeared in all 82 games for Sacramento, with 55 starts. The rookie averaged 8.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 26.7 minutes per game. He shot 37.6 percent from the field, 32.0 percent from three and 80.4 percent from the free-throw line. The young guard received his first NBA start on Nov. 13 in win at Brooklyn. McLemore's best stretch of the season occurred Mar. 21 through Apr. 2. Across the seven games, he averaged 13.4 points on 11.6 shots, 3.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists and a combined 1.0 steals-plus-blocks in 36.3 minutes. He was also named Rookie of the Month in November. On the last game of the season, Apr. 16, McLemore scored a season-high 31 points, to go along with five rebounds and five assists, in a home loss to the Suns.

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Transaction History
  • June 27, 2013
    Drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 1st round (7th pick) of the 2013 NBA Draft and signed a rookie deal shortly thereafter.
  • July 6, 2017
    Signed a two-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • July 17, 2018
    Traded by the Memphis Grizzlies with Deyonta Davis, cash and a 2021 2nd round draft pick to the Sacramento Kings for Garrett Temple.
  • February 7, 2019
    Waived by the Sacramento Kings.
  • July 23, 2019
    Signed a two-year deal with the Houston Rockets.
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McLemore spent the first four years of his career with the Kings. But, he wasn't re-signed by the team after his rookie deal and ended up garnering a two-year, $10.6 million contract from the Grizzlies. His struggles continued there. Appearing in just 56 games, McLemore averaged 7.5 points and 2.5 rebounds while shooting just 42.1 percent from the field and hitting a three per game at 34.6 percent. Memphis looked to shop him, and ended up finding a suitor in McLemore’s original team, Sacramento. He isn't expected to play a significant role this season, and could be in line for the smallest workload of his career considering the Kings’ depth on the wing. Only Fantasy owners in the deepest leagues should consider drafting the former seventh overall pick.
McLemore, who signed a two-year, $10.7 million deal with the Grizzlies over the summer, likely won’t be in action until early November after suffering a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot during a pick-up game in Los Angeles. He isn't projected to miss more than a month or so of regular season games, though will miss out on valuable offseason time to work on his game. Overall, this development shouldn't affect his Fantasy stock too much, but those who take a chance on him probably shouldn't be surprised if he starts off slow and/or misses games here and there with lingering soreness. While the 6-foot-6 shooting guard hasn't had a noteworthy career up to this point, Memphis lacks depth at the position, seemingly giving McLemore plenty of opportunities to prove himself. Of note, the 24-year-old has increased his three-point percentage each year he’s been in the league, starting at 32.0 percent his rookie year and finishing at 38.2 percent last season. Other areas of his game have remained relatively stagnant, which is likely why the Kings seemingly felt little remorse about letting him walk after his rookie deal expired. He may be worth consideration in the later rounds of deeper leagues, but his averages from 2016-17 of 8.1 points and 2.1 rebounds across 19.3 minutes certainly don’t jump off the page. It may be best to wait and see what kind of workload he receives with his new team, as well as how his health looks, before jumping on board.
Following a disappointing rookie campaign in 2013-14, McLemore displayed significant improvement across the board in his sophomore season, averaging 12.1 points and 1.7 assists while shooting 44 percent from the field and 36 percent from beyond the arc. Each of those numbers represented an increase from his rookie year, with the most improvement displayed in his shot selection and field goal percentage. McLemore's strength is his top-level athleticism which he uses to finish well at the rim, particularly on fast breaks. His main weakness is his inability to defend opposing shooting guards, grading out as bottom-five defender versus opposing twos in each of the past two seasons. He'll now be paired with an elite distributor in Rajon Rondo which should help his ability to score, but McLemore may now face competition for minutes from Darren Collison and Marco Belinelli. The upcoming season could help establish whether McLemore takes his game to the next level or becomes merely a rotation player on a below-average NBA team.
The uber-athletic McLemore flew under the radar as a rookie, despite playing in all 82 games and making 55 starts. One of the best athletes in the league at the shooting guard spot, McLemore struggled offensively last season, posting an ugly 38 overall shooting percentage. A three-point marksman in his one season at Kansas, McLemore shot a disappointing 32 percent from long range. He also added 2.9 rebounds and 1.0 assist. Despite the relatively poor rookie numbers, McLemore remains one of the NBA's highest upside talents. He had a solid showing at the Las Vegas Summer League, but 2014 first-round pick, Nik Stauskas, performed well there too. The sharpshooter out of Michigan isn't as athletic as McLemore, but he's a more polished overall player and will certainly challenge McLemore for the starting shooting guard spot.
McLemore is the starting shooting guard for the Kings. McLemore was widely projected as the second overall pick in last summer's draft, but shockingly fell all the way to the Kings at pick number seven. Now, with little chance of a winning season and heading into a highly anticipated draft class, the Kings have every reason to give McLemore as much court time as he needs to develop. Even if he stumbles, he will continue to receive opportunities to improve. In his only season at Kansas, he was a remarkably efficient shooter – averaging .495 FG, .420 3Pt, and .870 FT. He is capable of providing some steals, blocks, and assists, and is a strong rebounder. If McLemore's game can translate to the professional level – a big "if", especially in light of the six teams that passed on the prospect last summer during a "weak" draft – he has the potential to positively contribute in almost every category.
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Hits four threes in loss
GHouston Rockets
August 11, 2020
McLemore had 16 points (6-16 FG, 4-12 3PT) and three rebounds in Tuesday's loss to the Spurs.
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Cans six treys against Kings
GHouston Rockets
August 9, 2020
McLemore accumulated 20 points (7-16 FG, 6-14 3Pt), three rebounds and one assist in 27 minutes during Sunday's 129-112 win over the Kings.
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Drills five threes in spot start
GHouston Rockets
August 6, 2020
McLemore provided 20 points (7-13 FG, 5-10 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, an assist, a steal and a block across 30 minutes in Thursday's 113-97 win over the Lakers.
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Starting Thursday
GHouston Rockets
August 6, 2020
McLemore is in the starting lineup for Thursday's contest against the Lakers, Craig Ackerman of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
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Goes for 26 in scrimmage win
GHouston Rockets
July 26, 2020
McLemore had 26 points (8-10 FG, 6-7 3PT, 4-4 FT) in Sunday's scrimmage against Memphis.
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