Ben McLemore is widely expected to be a top-5 pick in next month’s draft and could be an option for the Charlotte Bobcats with the fourth pick overall.
Guards are the least of the Bobcats concern right now.
Despite winning just 21 games last season the Bobcats lead the league in backcourt scoring. Kemba Walker, Ramon Sessions, and Ben gordon are all under contract through next season. Gerald Henderson will be a restricted free agent following a career season in Charlotte.
So how does McLemore fit in the Bobcats backourt?
Immediately, he doesn’t. However, if he falls to the Bobcats, they have the rest of the offseason to figure things out.
McLemore has three things teams look for in a young shooting guard: size, athleticism, and three-point shooting.
Standing 6’5, 190 pounds with a 6’8 wingspan, McLemore possesses very good physical tools for his position. This also gives him great upside to defend his position at the next level. McLemore wasn’t a defensive standout at Kansas, but he showed positive signs for a first-year player.
McLemore shot 42% from three as a redshirt freshmen at Kansas and 87% from the free throw line. He’s a lethal shooter with his feet set and thank to his athleticism, gets great elevation on his jumper. Now more than ever, it’s a necessity for guards to be able to spread the floor and hit open jumpers.
McLemore’s struggles come when he’s asked to be a go-to scorer off the dribble and to close out games. Many have questioned whether McLemore has the killer instinct that many all-star players in the league possess.
He’s not an advanced ball-handler and could stand to work a lot in that area. McLemore might not ever be a Kevin Durant type scorer off the dribble, but if he can become respectable in that aspect, he could be a very dangerous scorer.
McLemore is too good to pass on. He’s drawn comparisons to Ray Allen among others and is one of the few players in this draft with legitimate all-star potential.
While the Bobcats have issues up front with scoring and rebounding, McLemore would certainly improve their athleticism and shooting woes. Walker, a re-signed Henderson, McLemore, Sessions, Taylor and Kidd-Gilchrist is very intriguing athletically and has the perimeter shooting to keep up in today’s NBA. The pieces would certainly be in place for the Bobcats to be a potent team offensively led by their perimeter scoring.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are widely expected to take Kentucky center Nerlens Noel.
With the second pick, the Orlando Magic could go for Michigan guard Trey Burke, who they’ve been linked to recently. However, Orlando could just as easily take McLemore.
The Washington Wizards are rumored to be high on Georgetown’s Otto Porter, but they’re another team who could take McLemore in an effort to trade down or to stack up on talent.
McLemore could very well be the most talented player the Bobcats can realistically obtain in this year’s draft. As of this writing 26% of Roberto Gato readers believe the same.
What Do You Believe Ben McLemore Will Become As A Pro?
- Superstar Talent (8%, 8 Votes)
- Solid Starter (34%, 36 Votes)
- Decent Bench Reserve (2%, 2 Votes)
- Bust (3%, 3 Votes)
- All-Star Talent (53%, 57 Votes)
Total Voters: 106