It was everything Kings fans had hoped when the touted best shooter in the draft fell to them at No. 7. Early in the first quarter Ben McLemore swung into the left corner, caught the pass and with a quick, effortless motion was up and shooting a two (his foot was on the line). It was a beautiful shot that splashed right through the net. It also was a mirage — McLemore would take 22 more shots on the night and hit 3 of them. He was 1-of-11 from three. Almost all of them were just as pretty — as advertised his form is sweet — but the Kings rookie star had a rough debut in the Las Vegas Summer League in a loss to Dallas, finishing with 11 points on 4-of-23 shooting. Take a deep breath and relax Kings fans, it’s not as bad as the numbers look — McLemore was finding space and getting good looks. In the regular season you might hold a shooter back on a cold night, but this is Summer League where rookies are here to learn. “I wasn’t trying to jack a lot of shots up or nothin’ like that, they was all good shots,” McLemore said. “I feel like they was all good shots I was just missing. My shots just were not falling. Great shooters have some bad shooting nights. “ They weren’t all good shots, he certainly forced a few two-pointers late in the game. But shot selection was not an issue with Kings Summer League coach Chris Jent.
Kings first-round pick McLemore 4-of-23 in Summer League debut
Pro Basketball Talk | Jul 13