The Sacramento Kings may not have the best luck in the NBA Lottery, but they sure seem to have some solid luck in the actual draft.
Earlier today it was reported that the Kings were in talks with both the Phoenix Suns and Charoltte Bobcats to move up in the draft, hoping to secure a spot where they could select Kansas guard, Ben McLemore. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to move up, but they still got their man.
After the first six picks of the draft went completely off base from many expectations, McLemore was shockingly still available come the Kings selection, whom they drafted with the 7th overall pick.
Considering one of the premier talents in the draft, McLemore was almost a shoe in for the Orlando Magic’s selection (#2 overall) up until a week or so ago when reports leaked that some of his workouts were sub-par and questions about his work ethic were brought up.
Despite that, McLemore wasn’t really expected to drop much if at all but some questionable selections in the upper parts of the first round allowed McLemore to slide and King fans aren’t complaining.
A former five star recruit, many have suggested that McLemore could become the next Ray Allen.
The 6’5 shooting guard had a fantastic year at Kansas last season, shooting nearly 50% from the floor in his freshman (yes, FRESHMAN) year. McLemore was also deadly from beyond the arc, drilling over 40% of his three point shots and he comes with ready NBA range as well.
Here is DraftExpress’ video scouting report: