Should Ben McLemore get sent to the D-League?
As a Kings fan, I've been pretty disappointed in his performance this year. Sure he is only 20 years old and a rookie but he is really lacking of confidence. I know he can attack the basket as I've seen him do very little this year and from what I saw him do while he played for Kansas. About 80% of his shots are just 3 pointers and mid-range jumpshots. Most of all, he plays very unconsistent. Some nights he could score around 18 or 20 points then the next night have 2 or 4 with the same amount of minutes. I hate how everybody looks at it like its such a bad thing when a high draft pick gets sent to the D-League because it really helps these players develop. He needs confidence more than anything else so it would probably help him a lot if he at least spends a little bit time down there.
I'm torn between yes and no...
On one hand a stint there would give him another 12 to 15 mpg to work on his game and maybe playing against some lesser (than the NBA) competition could boost his confidence.
On the other hand he is getting minutes right now against the players he will eventually need to cope with on a nightly basis. This is valuable experience that he needs to grow in the league.
Either way he really needs both experience and confidence. He has to high of a release to worry about rushing shots, which he does too often. With this athleticism and shooting form he has a lot of promise on both ends of the floor, but it is looking like it might take him a while to realize his potential.
And I wish he wouldn't leave his man open on the perimeter nearly as much as he does... you don't let a SG camp wide open on the 3pt line...
I was never high on Mclemore. The kid obviously has immense talent, but his mental makeup is very far from being there for him to be a consistent contributor in the NBA. I think I remember executives saying he was the least impressive interview in the whole draft class. There is so much more to being a star or even a consistent contributor in the league besides athletic talent. We have all alluded to that with the recent Geral Green post. I hated the Ray Allen comparisons because mentally he wasn't in the same galaxy as Ray was coming out of UCONN with his maturity and mental makeup. Mclemore only played one season at Kansas and never dominated on a consistent basis. He has all the physical tools to be a star, but the lost of players who had physical tools but lacked maturity is endless. I think a D-Leagie stint would serve him very well.
He didn't exactly get thrust into the best situation with the kings. He is on a bad team with depth in the backcourt and multiple scorers already on the team.
Not sure the D-League would help him though.
MCW and Oladipo were put in better a better situation with a chance to play big minutes and correct their mistakes. Not a good excuse for Mclemore because he has been inconsistent. He has potential, but not sure he has the mindset.
If I were in the draft, the Kings would be the last team I would want to go to.
He looks like a kid that is trying to find his range while at the same time his role on a team with three other iso players. Mclemore is a true shooting guard that would thrive better next to someone like Kyrie Irving or Ricky Rubio. Thomas is a great scorer but he is roughly average at running an offense and preventing it from getting stagnant. Inconsistent minutes and touches give out inconsistent production.
Not trying to make excuses for him, but the offense isn't tailored to fit him in. So in other words he's struggling to find where he belongs. Same thing with Thornton, I can't stand the guy but he's struggling to fit in with better players in Gay and Cousins. He only gets about 7 shots, all 7 shots are either bad or he doesn't get enough of shots to get into a rhythm. Mclemore's mentality may not be there yet, and his handle needs some improvement. But I don't think you send him to the D-League. You continue to put him in the situation to succeed so that he learns. If they were going to do that, they should of done it at the start of the season, not in the middle of it.
Hes young, bad team and hes getting the minutes. He will come around. Hes gonna be a star. He prolly will put on a shiw in the Rookie Sophmore game and everyone will change their minds
He actually has pretty decent BBall IQ on offense; he moves well without the ball (knows when his man is sleeping, where the open spot on the court is) and almost always tries to make the right play (be it swing, pump and drive, or shoot), but he is obviously playing against faster/stronger guys then he is used to. It will take him a but to get his ryhthym and strength where it needs to be
His defense is pretty bad, but watching the game tonight (Den v Sac), he is using his speed a lot better then he has been.
He is making me eat my words about his shot because they do not look nearly as rushed tonight.
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He has immense talent, and because of that, people will claim he's a future star. But there's no chance of it happening. It's impossible to succeed without confidence. Maybe he'll have some nights where he's on but to me success is about ALWAYS showing up. Furthermore, thousands and thousands of immensely talented guys have failed in all sports b/c of less than ideal intangibles (sometimes bad work ethic, other times a lack of confidence; McLemore has the latter).
BTW Ben Mac looks like a future superstar tonight.. That is all
16 ppg 6 rpg 2.5 apg on 50% shooting in his last two games.
I think Sacramento has been a rough place for younger guys to play for over the past few seasons. They're stuck in between complete rebuilding, and being in playoff contention. McLemore is also splitting minutes at SG with a guy who was a 20 ppg scorer a few years ago.
He is inconsistnant, like many young players, but the Kings often put him in, he misses his first two shots and they sit him the rest of the half. That kind of rotation isn't exactly going to breed shooting confidence. He really had a pretty decent November - 9.5 ppg on .392% shooting, but has struggled since. Hopefully he can gain some confidence as the Kings recover from some injuries and maybe he'll be a more confident part of the rotation down the stretch.