Jan 9, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Ben McLemore (23) leaves the court after the game against the Iowa State Cyclones at Allen Fieldhouse. Kansas won the game 97-89 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NBA Draft Profile: Ben McLemore


Ben McLemore

Position: Shooting Guard
Age: 20 (Feb. 12,1993)
Height: 6-5
Weight: 195
School: Kansas

STRENGTHS: McLemore is an incredibly smooth and athletic guard who can score from anywhere on the court. A deadly combination of athleticism and shooting from behind the arc makes McLemore one of the best scorers in the draft. He is also a highlight machine around the rim who throws down dunks with authority and hangs in the air longer than everyone else.

He uses his athleticism well on the defensive side of the ball. He doesn’t gamble on steals but has the ability to be more aggressive in that area and still recover. McLemore also does not play out of control and defends without fouling.

WEAKNESSES: McLemore is very raw. He’s still trying to figure out when and when not to be aggressive and can differ too much in games that he should be taking the lead in. McLemore is an efficient shooter who doesn’t shoot enough. His passiveness needs to be turned into aggressiveness so that he can take full advantage of his superior athleticism and scoring ability.

This same aggression is lacking on defense. While he is always in control and makes few mistakes on the defensive end, he also doesn’t make very many plays when considering his tools. The more McLemore becomes comfortable and the more he learns about the game he should improve in this area. But because he is so behind, he may not be the instant impact a team may want from a top five draft pick.

CEILING: McLemore can make multiple All-Star games should he reach his full potential. His athleticism and pure shooting stroke should lead him to be one of the better scorers in the league while not being a liability on defense. His mentality is not one of an “alpha dog” but his production speaks quite loudly. Should McLemore develop and edge to his game, he could end up being one of the top 15 players in the game.

BASEMENT: A passive nature could prevent McLemore from reaching the full potential. Because of his athleticism and shooting ability, he should be a productive player for any team for the next decade but maybe not the star a team is looking for out of a top five pick.

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