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Ben McLemore

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Ben McLemore

Read through the Scouting report from this site and look at the similarities.

Biggest differences are age, similar height and (player 1) has 15 lbs on Ben
Read through the Scouting report from this site and look at the similarities. Biggest difference is age.

(Player 1) Strengths: Good size for a SG in the league at 66 210 lbs; also equipped with very long arms, measuring in with a 611 wingspan. Blessed with exceptional athleticism, runs the floor well and gets above the rim with ease; at his best in the open court. For the second year in a row (player 1) has led this (Big 12) team in scoring at 13.8 ppg. Player 1 also collected 5.6 rpg, good for second on a very good rebounding (Big 12) team. Plays under control on offense, rarely ever forces the issue when the ball is in his hands, which has served the young (Big 12) team well as a steadying influence, evidenced by his 45% shooting mark. Gets good arc under his shot, shows a nice, fluid release. Excellent long-range shooter, shooting 43% from three his sophomore year, proving that his excellent shooting numbers from his freshmen campaign were no fluke. Excellent man defender, aided by his long arms and developed body. Defended the opposition's best player night in and night out; guarding Kevin Durant as well as anybody in their matchups. An excellent teammate who plays a solid all around game...

(Ben McLemore) Strengths: Ultra smooth shooting guard with a lethal combination of athleticism and scoring ability ... Absolutely an elite level athlete with prototypical size and athleticism for the 2-guard position ... Shot has tremendous form, great elevation with the range to knock down the 3 ball consistently ... Shows a good feel for the game with the ability to create shots off the dribble ... Unselfish, team player who shows strong ability to pass the ball for an off guard ... Great length. At 6'5, he appears to have a 6'9 or greater wingspan ... Highly coachable kid. Solid feel for the game. Doesn't gamble for steals or play out of control ... Terrorizes opponents with back door cuts that often result in ally oop dunks ... Appears to be just scratching the surface of his abilities ...

(Player 1) Weaknesses: At 22 years old, slightly old for a junior, urging the question about his potential and ceiling. Admitted his freshmen year that he received little to no formal coaching before college. Handling the basketball and driving the lane need to become off season priorities for (player 1) if he is to erase doubts about his effectiveness in the NBA. Left handed dribbling is suspect for a player with his athletic talents, how rarely he gets to the basket is both surprising and alarming; brings about visions of former Jayhawk J.R. Giddens, and other players athletically gifted who seemed content to hoist up threes all game long. Some people question his competitiveness, claiming that he appears to coast in games that he should be dominating.

(Ben McLemore) Weaknesses: Feel for the game must continue to advance. Still figuring out what he's capable of and learning how to use his immense talents. Shot selection is good but can improve. Learning when to force the issue and when to pass up contested shots. Also when to be aggressive defensively and when not to, in order to stay out of foul trouble ... Must develop as a ball handler and become better at creating in isolation ... In high school he had some issues with consistency, so he'll need to learn to exhibit a high level of effort on a more constant basis ... Can be a streaky shooter at times ... Missed a year having sat out an Academic redshirt season in 2011-12, but it doesn't seem to have negatively affected him ...

The (player1) player is Brandon Rush from the Kansas Jayhawks. http://www.nbadraft.net/players/brandon-rush


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two very different players,

two very different players, Brandon Rush is more of intangibles guy and Ben McLemore more of a talent guy.
ben remind me a little Dorell Wright.

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Na, I've watched about 90% of

Na, I've watched about 90% of Kansas' games for the past 20 years and after seen a lot of both players. Rush was more of a small forward in college with some guard skills, including a great outside shot, which helped him translate to the SG position in the NBA.

Athletically Rush was a longer player with less expolisve athletic ability while McLemore is much quicker in spurts, faster in the open court, and quicker off the floor. Rush was bigger, stronger and more fluid, which is why he primarily played the 3 in college.

Bill Self really teaches his players to play defense and a similarity I do see in them is the ability to guard the perimter. Rookies have a rough time on the defensive end but rookies coached by Bill Self are a little ahead of the rest. Rush was developing into one of the better perimeter defenders in the league before his injury and I think McLemore will too be much more reliable on the defensive end than a lot of other rookie guards. Even guys like Xavier Henry who really disappointed, were ahead of the curve guarding the perimter.

McLemore's athletic ability gives him a much higher ceiling, IMO. Rush was a role player in college who lead a balanced offensive team in scoring, McLemore was a leading scorer type guy who still needs to work on his aggresiveness, but is more of a scorer than a role player. I think even in a ''worst case'' scenario for McLemore, he'll still be more than a 10 ppg scorer, which Rush seemed to fall into when his role in the NBA became more solidified.

Rush is a great 3 and D player, who many teams would love to have, when healthy, but people will run plays for McLemore. He'll come off screens, benefit from kickouts and play the inside outside game if he goes to a team with a post player. His offensive ability ( a lot due to his athletic ability ) will get him more shots than a purely 3 and D player.

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