2013 NBA Summer League: Sacramento Kings’ Ben McLemore Struggles Again to Find His Shot

By Cody Williams
Ben McLemore Sacramento Summer League
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The Sacramento Kings are trying to turn things around for their franchise now that they have a new front office and, most importantly, new owners that aren’t completely incompetent and arrogant like a certain group of brothers that previously owned the team were.

In light of the Kings now moving in a different direction, they had the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, meaning that they had the opportunity to draft a player that could be a key contributor for them in the coming years as they try to turn things around. The Kings decided to select the sweet-shooting guard out of Kansas, Ben McLemore.

Coming into the draft, McLemore was praised highly for his shooting ability. Most people considered him the best shooter in the draft. To go along with that, he also has an overall ability as an offensive player. The biggest worry about McLemore was his occasional tendency to lack aggressiveness and disappear in game.

Through McLemore’s first two games at the Las Vegas NBA Summer League, he has shown plenty aggressiveness, which is a positive sign. However, what hasn’t been a positive sign is how poorly he has shot the ball in an NBA environment and against worse competition than he’s going to see in the regular season.

In his first game on Saturday, McLemore went an atrocious 4-23 from the field and 1-11 from three. Hoping to redeem himself on Monday, he submitted another paltry and inefficient offensive game as he shot just 4-12 from the field and only 1-7 from beyond-the-arc.

Part of the reason McLemore has struggled is the simple fact that it seems like he’s been asked to be aggressive, which is causing him to force shots. However, he hasn’t been without open looks, he just hasn’t knocked them down.

The biggest reason this is a worry for McLemore in Summer league when it might not be for some other players is the fact that this is an extremely young player who many people worried how he would hold up mentally in the pros. Considering he’s already seeming rattled offensively in an NBA environment, that’s not a good sign. It’s obviously a problem that could be eventually be fixed, but for now it’s a definite cause for concern.

Cody Williams is a Senior Writer with Rant Sports. Follow Cody on Twitter @TheSizzle20, add him on Google+ and like his Facebook page.

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