Mar 4, 2013; Lawrence, KS, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Ben McLemore (23) reacts after scoring during the first half of the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

McLemore Struggles as Kings fall in Summer League Debut

It was a Summer League introduction that new King Ben McLemore would probably like to forget—but then again, it’s just the Summer League.

McLemore finished a dismal 4-23 from the field and the Kings lost their first Summer League contest in a 76-73 match against the Dallas Mavericks.

Unsigned sophomore forward Drew Gordon led the way with 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings, while guard Ray McCallum had 11 points, four assists and eight rebounds. Josh Akognon had 22 to lead the Mavericks.

McLemore, who was criticized around the draft for not being more assertive during his time at Kansas, looked anything but shy with his shot against the Mavericks. He hit his first basket with less than two minutes into the contest but struggled to find any rhythm as the game went on. He finished with 11 points and five rebounds while shooting 1-10 from three point territory.

Ray McCallum, the Kings second round selection from Detroit, also struggled with his shot and finished 3-11 from the floor. He made up for it in other ways, pacing the Sacramento offense while remaining the Kings top defender all game long. He finished with a game high three steals.

Lead assistant coach Chris Jent has been managing the Summer League for Sacramento and relied heavily on his squads top draft picks. McLemore seemingly had a green light to shoot whenever he was on the floor and both McLemore and McCallum played over 30 minutes.

Sacramento lead for most of the game and held a 14 point advantage at one point in the first half, but struggled late in the game. Dallas outscored the Kings 25-17 in the final period and forced some key turnovers down the stretch to secure the win.

The Kings have two more scheduled contests early next week, with a matchup against Golden State on Monday at 5:30 p.m. and one against Minnesota on Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.

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