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Sunday, July 14, 2013

McLemore struggles with shot in summer NBA debut

Sacramento Kings rookie Ben McLemore shoots against the Dallas Mavericks in the third quarter of an NBA Summer League game, Saturday in Las Vegas.

Sacramento Kings rookie Ben McLemore shoots against the Dallas Mavericks in the third quarter of an NBA Summer League game, Saturday in Las Vegas.

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Aggressiveness wasn’t a problem for Ben McLemore in his NBA Summer League debut on Saturday in Las Vegas.

The former Kansas University off guard, who dipped to seventh overall in the 2013 Draft partly because of concerns about his desire to take over games, scored 11 points off miserable 4-of-23 shooting in Sacramento’s 76-73 loss to Dallas.

McLemore — he missed a possible game-tying three from the corner at the final buzzer — went 1-for-11 from three and two of four from the free throw line. He also had five rebounds, two turnovers and zero assists in 31 minutes.

“I wasn’t trying to jack a lot of shots up or anything like that. They were all good shots,” McLemore told NBC Sports’ ProBasketballTalk website. “I feel like they were all good shots; I was just missing. My shots just were not falling. Great shooters have some bad shooting nights.”

His summer league coach, Chris Jent, was not concerned after the 23-shot outing. The most shots taken by McLemore in his one season at KU was 18 versus Chattanooga on Nov. 15 in Allen Fieldhouse.

“He’s got to take good shots. When he’s open he’s got to knock shots down,” Jent told ProBasketballTalk. “He had a tough day today but he’s got to pick his head up and get after it tomorrow. Fortunately we get back in the gym and get some shots up and learn from it. That’s why we’re here, to learn and get better.

“Long term, not worried about him,” Jent added. “As long as a player is willing to put the work in and get better and be more consistent — which he is going to do — you’re not worried.”

McLemore survived a scary moment early in the game when Dallas’ Terrico White fell on McLemore’s left knee. After a few seconds on the floor, McLemore was able to leave the court under his own power and shortly after, return to the game.

He’s signed: The Kings officially signed McLemore to his first NBA contract on Saturday. Terms were not disclosed. However, the rookie league scale reports the 20-year-old McLemore will receive $2,413,300 in 2013-14, $2,521,900 in 14-15 and $2,630,500 in 15-16.

Darnell back in summer league: Former KU forward Darnell Jackson scored 13 points off 6-of-8 shooting with five rebounds and two steals in the NBA D-League Select Team’s 83-81 win over Minnesota. Jackson, who played 23 minutes, played for Reno, Nev., in the D-League last season.

Robinson scores six: Former KU forward Thomas Robinson scored six points and grabbed eight rebounds in his debut with the Portland Trail Blazers — an 82-69 loss to Phoenix. Robinson, recently acquired by Portland from Houston, hit two of five shots and had two blocks in 28 minutes. The Morris twins played for Phoenix. Markieff Morris had 18 points and eight rebounds with eight fouls (there’s no disqualification rule in summer league) in 19 minutes. Marcus Morris had 14 points and five boards.

Releford debut: Former KU guard Travis Releford scored four points off 2-of-4 shooting in Denver’s 88-74 loss to Milwaukee on Saturday in Releford’s pro debut. He had three rebounds, one turnover and no assists in 14 minutes.

Elijah confident: Former KU guard Elijah Johnson, who scored five points with two steals, two rebounds, two turnovers and one assist while playing 16 minutes in his pro debut with the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, faces tough odds in trying to make the team. The Clippers, who are led by all-star point guard Chris Paul, acquired veteran guards Darren Collison, Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick so far this offseason.

“I’ve been playing basketball my whole life, and you’re always having to prove yourself. This is just another challenge,” the 6-foot-3 Johnson told the Las Vegas Review-Journal after a 90-83 win over Atlanta.

“I’m just trying to make good decisions when I’m out there. But I didn’t think the pace was too fast, not at all. I was very comfortable.”

The undrafted Johnson told the R-J he chose to play with the Clippers because, “they may have a lot of guards, but they didn’t draft any guards.” The Clippers’ only draft pick was forward Reggie Bullock.

Paul walked up to Johnson after the game and told him he played well.

“When something like that happens, it can only help your confidence. It’s nice to know (Paul) was watching,” Johnson said.

Recruit likes KU: King McClure, a 6-3 junior shooting guard from Triple A Academy in Dallas, tells Rivals.com that he will attend KU’s Late Night in the Phog on Oct. 4 as part of an unofficial visit. McClure, who is playing at the Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C., said, “Arkansas and Kansas are coming at me the hardest. I’m still open, but those two have been working the most.” Rivals.com’s No. 16-rated player in the Class of 2015 also has Texas, Baylor, Indiana and Louisville on his early list.

Comments

jaybate 9 months, 1 week ago

FootHigh

BUSTLINE.

(Kidding.)

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jaybate 9 months, 1 week ago

Dagger,

He needs a MAJOR correction according to this photo!

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jaybate 9 months, 1 week ago

Notice the photo top of story of Ben shooting. His form is terrible!

The ball is too low too and too close to his forehead. And his elbows are spread waaaay too wide! This is not close to his textbook form at KU.

Ben needs to look at some old video.

It appears the hyperextended left elbow is keeping him from bringing his left elbow forward and left hand upward, so his shooting right side elbow is bowing out and his shooting hand is being lowered too. Weird.

But this not the form of the Ben we watched last season.

And I don't see how Blackstock can be the cause of it, so don't start, Chad.

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Alex Wishart 9 months, 1 week ago

George Hill shot 0-24 combined in his first few summer league games. What does that mean now? Absolutely nothing. The guy is an AllStar now. I'm guessing having someone land on your knee early in a game is going to mess with your shot. Maclemore will be fine. Who honestly thinks this game is indicative of a career? If someone's first summer league game has you "worried" you're an idiot.

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kirkhinrichflow 9 months, 1 week ago

Ben gets scolded at Kansas for not shooting enough and not being aggressive. Then he shoots a ton, and acts aggressively during a summer game and gets scolded. Ben will be a star in the NBA. Book it. keep shooting Benny Mac

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Joel Beard 9 months, 1 week ago

I know it's just one summer league game, but Ben's first game was not pretty. It's not just that his shot wasn't falling; he was taking a lot of bad shots. If he had been, say, 4-16, I wouldn't be concerned, but 4-23, with two of his four makes dunks, has me a bit worried. Again, I know it's just one meaningless game without much team cohesion, but at this level you can't just play based on the fact that you are supposed to be a great shooter and forget about shot selection. He took a number of step back jumpers, fade away jumpers, and well-guarded threes (all shots he almost never took at KU), in addition to some open looks that just didn't fall, and any time he tried to create his own shot he ended up creating a very difficult shot.

He is young and has a lot to learn and no doubt will play better and smarter as he adjusts to a new situation, but raw talent isn't enough at the NBA level. He needs to add some more savviness to his game, not to mention better ball-handling skills, as is frequently noted. Thankfully he was the number seven pick and will get a lot of opportunities and time to develop, but I think he needs to forget that he was the seventh pick and the assumptions that go along with that about how good he is and just play smart basketball. He seemed liked he was trying to prove that he was the best player on the court because he was the highest draft pick in the game by dominating on offense, but that obviously didn't work out.

Again, just one stupid meaningless poor-shooting game, and I'm going to just assume he was a bit over-eager to prove himself. I look forward to seeing him develop and play better in the future.

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William Blake 9 months, 1 week ago

People shouldn't put too much into the stats from D-league. It's basically like pick-up ball at the Y. None of these guys have played together... and most players in it don't understand what D-league is for.

D-league isn't about racking up big numbers. It's about showing you can overcome the question marks team management has about you. It is also a practice league for newcomers to help adjust to the speed of pro ball. Newcomers have to get in shape for pro ball, because college ball efforts don't cut it.

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Doug Cramer 9 months, 1 week ago

This year...it will be Wiggins. Hopefully it's just wiggins...and no one else like Perry or Selden.

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Doug Cramer 9 months, 1 week ago

Like so many others...Selby, Henry, Wright...BMac had too many people...including the media...telling him that he needs to leave for the NBA ASAP.

I think back to a guys like Chalmers, Collison, and Heinrich...who didn't rush their college careers...let it stew for a while and learn as much as possible from people like Self and Williams that truly cared about their futures.

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Mark Lindrud 9 months, 1 week ago

I'm not worried about summer league ball. It's a chance to play, get some coaching, not that its alot lol. EJ needs to nail a few crotch shots and the Clips will need an extra guard, had to say it.

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OakvilleJaybateNightmare 9 months, 1 week ago

Elijah Johnson is going to make that team. I've been saying it for weeks. I would be willing to bet on it. He is the most athletic guard that did not get drafted and it's not close.

Great night for Mclemore. He didn't blend and he didn't get scared when the shots didn't go, he just kept firing away. If I'm his coach, I'm thrilled. We already know the percentages on his shots so we know that on average he will make many more of those 23 shots. What you are looking for is does he get good looks? Is he big enough to shoot over other guards? WILL he shoot the basketball? Yep, Yep and Yessir. Leggo

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Bill Thompson 9 months, 1 week ago

Actually (if I'm not mistaken,) rookies are customarily paid 120% of the rookie scale so Ben should actually make $2,895,960 his first year, $3,026,280 the second year, and everything after that is not guaranteed...

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wrwlumpy 9 months, 1 week ago

I re-watched the big 12 Tournament. That is where Ben slipped down in the draft. Three teams realized the Ben is not a ball handler and by not letting him shoot off the screen, they basically shut him down. NBA scouting reports and tall quick guards will make this a tough year for Ben. He is a lot like Ray Allen, but Ray could dribble.

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jayhawkinATL 9 months, 1 week ago

Twenty-three shots!!! Yowza!!! Don't become an Iverson, BMac!!!

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jaybate 9 months, 1 week ago

• EJ, I don't follow your logic on trying the Clippers, because they didn't draft guards. Hope it works.

• Kieff just keeps getting better. Maybe all the KU guys struggling in the L need b-b guns training?

• Self has been in his Reservoir Dogs recruiting phase signing players with color names. Maybe King McClure signals a monarchical title phase?

• RE: Ben's Bad Night--non shooting arm has the dread hyper extension sleeve and some one jumped on his knee! Wild guess: Maybe he wasn't at his peak physically?

• Travis keep edging your way in like that. It's worked for Brady and everyone was sure he couldn't make it. And remember the NBA has a long history of unorthodox shooting form. Go Travis go!

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Scott MacWilliams 9 months, 1 week ago

"Markieff Morris had 18 points and eight rebounds with eight fouls (there’s no disqualification rule in summer league) in 19 minutes."
Kieff, way to get your money's worth!!! 18/8/8f in 19min.?? That's being a one-man wrecking crew if I ever lived... BOOM!

THat's what I call Rocking the Chalk!!

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