It’s not exactly unconventional for a player embarking on their first season in the NBA to claim they are going to be the eventual winner of the Rookie of the Year award. In fact, it’s almost like you’re doing something wrong if you’re a top five pick and don’t announce it.
So it really shouldn’t come as much of a shock that Sacramento Kings rookie guard Ben McLemore announced his intentions to eventually become the 2013-2014 NBA Rookie of the Year award winner, but it was something else that caught they eye of many – namely McLemore’s insistence that he will become the ‘alpha dog’.
As one of the more polished players coming into the 2013 NBA Draft, McLemore didn’t exactly have a lot of questions pertaining to his on the court game. Sure, like any young player he needs work, but one common theme heard from scouts and general managers alike was McLemore’s lack of ability to take over a game at the NBA level.
It wasn’t that McLemore doesn’t have the ability to do it – more of a question towards his mental fortitude.
It’s something McLemore apparently took notice of as he told the Lawrence Journal:
“I feel I come in with a chip on my shoulder,” former Kansas University guard McLemore, top pick of the Sacramento Kings in the June draft, said Saturday at the Bill Self Basketball Pro Camp for youths in Allen Fieldhouse. He is working the camp with former KU forward Thomas Robinson of the Portland Trail Blazers.
“I feel I’ve been through a lot. I feel I am going to work hard to get Rookie of the Year. I know the mindset I’m going to come in and show everybody I could be the alpha dog and win that Rookie of the Year. I’m definitely going to work hard to get that,” McLemore added.