NBA Draft pick #7 - Sacramento Kings

Ben McLemore falls to Sacramento at No. 7

6/27/13 in NBA   |   droth   |   127 respect

The Sacramento Kings have selected Ben McLemore with the seventh pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

Mar 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Ben McLemore (23) during practice the day before the semifinals of the South regional of the 2013 NCAA Tournament at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY SportsThe Kings ownership, front office, and coaching staff have all b e overhauled this offseason after the culmination of the Maloofs-Seattle-Kevin Johnson saga, and now this pick signals the beginning of the roster overhaul as well.

The Sacramento Kings finished 28-54 last year and struggled despite scoring over 100 points per game--good for 10th in the league.  That was due to their defense, which was the worst in the NBA.  The Kings have talent on their roster, or at least guys that can individually get buckets.  However, they lack cohesion and a defensive mindset, so the acquisition of Michael Malone as head coach is meant to improve the defensive performance.

But a new coach won't change the defense by himself.  The Kings finished 28th in blocked shots and 29th in defensive rebounds and need a defensive presence in the middle next to DeMarcus Cousins.  

This selection is a bit surprising considering the Kings offensive talent already on the roster and the lack of veteran leadership to mentor McLemore, who has a difficult and troubled past.  The Kings also needed a point guard to give the team direction, but clearly saw McLemore as the most talented player remaining.

Many considered McLemore to be the most talented player in the entire draft, but his lack of assertiveness was a turnoff reportedly for several GMs.

But his ability to shoot the ball should translate to the NBA and help space the floor for Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins.
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