The Sacramento Kings selected guard Ben McLemore out of Kansas with the seventh overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Reports earlier today suggested that the Kings might trade up to select McLemore, but he wound up falling to them at No. 7.
McLemore was projected to go anywhere in the top five, and Seth Davis of CBSSports believes that he is the best player in the draft.
He spent just one season at Kansas, and averaged 15.9 points per game, shooting 42 percent from three-point range. Pundits have compared to Ray Allen, with his sharpshooting ability.
His draft stock dropped a bit when he signed with an agent who allegedly made payments to his AAU coach, as well as when he appeared out of shape during a workout with a lottery team.
McLemore will be a nice replacement for Tyreke Evans, should Evans leave as a restricted free agent.
Here is a quick scouting report, courtesy of DraftExpress:
He sports excellent shooting mechanics, being very reliable with his feet set, and showing solid range. Blessed with the athleticism to elevate and create separation from defenders, he’s capable of coming off curls and getting a clean look off, even if he’s still working on the consistency of his release point. This shows up primarily in his struggles shooting the ball off the dribble this year, where he’s been far less effective than he has with his feet set. All in all, McLemore is not yet a knockdown shooter at this stage of his career, but he shows all the potential to get there down the road if he continues to put the work in.
The Kings’ next pick will be in the second round, with the 36th overall selection.