On Thursday night in New York City, the Sacramento Kings selected Ben McLemore with the seventh pick of the 2013 NBA Draft.
McLemore, who was expected to get chosen in the top three, fell a little ways due to a lack of strong workouts this past month and having a draft lacking that true top star. Former UNLV small forward Anthony Bennent went at number one in a surprise move by Cleveland.
McLemore goes to a Kings squad who already has a semi strong shooting guard in Tyreke Evans. Last season, Evans averaged 15 points, five rebounds and four assists per contest. Marcus Thornton is the team’s backup guard. McLemore could play the small forward position as a smaller option on some nights pushing John Salmons for minutes. This pick looks like a best player available at the time type of choice for the Kings.
Last season at Kansas, McLemore averaged nearly 16 points per game and five rebounds in helping lead the Jayhawks to the brink of the final four before bowing out vs Michigan in the elite eight of the NCAA tournament. He has the potential to be a superstar in the league.
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