The summer of 2013 was full of ups and downs for Sacramento Kings rookie Ben McLemore. A high was certainly being drafted in the top-10 by the Kings, but a low followed soon after when McLemore struggled mightily to get anything going consistently at the Las Vegas Summer League. That inconsistency followed him into the King’s preseason play.
As the 2013-14 NBA season kicked off, McLemore wasn’t doing much in Sacramento. In his first two games, he combined for only six points, one rebound, one assist and one block while shooting just 2-9 from the field and 1-5 from long-range. For a player at the top of many people’s list of Rookie of the Year Candidates, he certainly didn’t look like it to start the year.
However, over the Kings next two games, McLemore is starting to show signs of why he was though of so highly coming out of college. Over his past two games, the rookie is averaging 17 points, five rebounds, one assist and 1.5 steals per game while shooting 14-29 from the floor and 6-16 from long-range. McLemore has been producing and doing so in a number of ways.
Coming out of college, the Kings guard was celebrated for his athleticism and his shooting ability. While that wasn’t always evident this summer, he’s been showing it in the last two games. Most importantly for a player with his demeanor, though, McLemore has been aggressive in his past two games. One of the drawbacks when it comes to McLemore is that he sometimes has difficulty getting engaged in the action and asserting his presence on a game, even though the ability is there. If he’s able to play with the composure that he has over the past two games for most of the season, the ability is most definitely there to put him in Rookie of the Year conversations.