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Ben McLemore

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Sacramento Kings

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Background

NBA CAREER:
Averaging 10.5 ppg (.409 FG%, .342 3pt%, .809 FT%), 2.9 rpg, 1.4 apg and 29.6 mpg in 164 career games (started 137) in two seasons with the Kings (2013-14 - 2014-15).

NBA HONORS/AWARDS:
Named NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month for November during 2013-14 season ... Was bestowed with the 2015-16 Oscar Robertson Triple-Double Award (Kings Community Impact award).

TRANSACTIONS/CAREER NOTES:
Selected after redshirt freshman season by the Sacramento Kings in the first round (7th overall) of the 2013 NBA Draft (6/27/13) ... Signed by the Kings to a multi-year contract (7/13/13).

2014-15 (Sacramento):
Averaged 12.1 ppg (.437 FG%, .358 3pt%, .813 FT%), 2.9 rpg, 1.7 apg and 32.6 mpg in starting all 82 games ... Scored in double- figures in 52 games, 20 or more 13 times ... Led the Kings in scoring in six games and assists in four.

2013-14 (Sacramento):
As a rookie, averaged 8.8 ppg (.376 FG%, .320 3pt% .804 FT%), 2.9 rpg, 1.0 apg and 26.7 mpg in 82 games (started 55) ... Scored in double-figures in 33 games, 20 or more points in three games, 30 points or more once ... Led team in scoring in four games, rebounding in one, assists in one ... Named Western Conference Rookie of the Month for games played in November after averaging 9.1 ppg (.378 FG%, .350 3pt%, .810 FT%), 2.9 rpg, 0.9 apg and 22.8 mpg in 14 games (started 8) ... Was selected to participate in the 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk contest, held on February 15 at the NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans, joining Terrence Ross (Toronto), Paul George (Indiana), Damian Lillard (Portland), John Wall (Washington), and Harrison Barnes (Golden State). Top Single-Game Performance: Tallied career-highs in points (game- high 31), five rebounds, a season-high five assists and a steal in 42 minutes vs. Phoenix (4/16/14) ... Scored 20 points (8-17 FG, 4-7 3pt), six rebounds, one assist and two steals in 32 minutes off the bench vs. Lakers (12/6/13) ... Had 20 points (8-13 FG, 4-7 3pt) at Miami (12/20/13).

COLLEGE CAREER:
An early entry candidate, averaged 15.9 ppg (.495 FG%, .420 3pt%, .870 FT%), 5.2 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg, and 32.2 mpg in 37 appearances for the Jayhawks ... Set the KU freshman record in scoring (3rd in the Big 12) and free throw percentage .. Was named to the Second Team All-America by the AP, NABC, and USBWA in 2013 ... Also chosen John R. Wooden Award All-America, Lute Olson All-America Team, Third Team All-America by Sporting News and USBWA Freshman All-America ... Was listed on the final ballot for the John R. Wooden Award given to the nation’s top player, as well as one of 14 finalists for USBWA Oscar Robertson Player of the Year, 30 candidates for the Naismith Award and eight for USBWA Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year ... An All-Big 12 First Team honoree by both the coaches and media as well as a Big 12 All-Rookie Team pick ... A three-time Big 12 Rookie of the Week and one-time league player of the week ... Became only the second Jayhawk in the 17-year history of the Big 12 to win both awards in the same season ... Had 11 games of 20 points or more, including three 30-point performances ... His 36 points against West Virginia broke the Kansas freshman single-game scoring record and his three 30-point efforts also set a KU freshman single-season mark ... Set Kansas freshman records in scoring (15.9 ppg, 589 points) and free throw percentage (87.0) ... Led Kansas in scoring at 15.9 points per game, a Jayhawk freshman record and third in the Big 12 ... Paced the conference with an 87.0 free throw percentage and also ranked among the league leaders in field goal percentage (8th, .495 FG%), three-point field goal percentage (2nd, .420 3pt%), three-point field goals made (6th, 2.0) and rebounds (20th, 5.2 rpg) ... Redshirted in 2011-12, sitting out the season as a partial academic quali er ... Was able to practice with the team during the second semester ... Made the Big 12 honor roll that semester with a GPA over 3.0.

HIGH SCHOOL:
Averaged 16 points and seven rebounds over six games as a high school senior at Christian Life Center in Humble, Texas after transferring there from Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. ... Ranked No. 17 nationally by Rivals.com ... Spent his junior season at Wellston High School in St. Louis, averaging 28.3 ppg, 12.7 rpg, 6.2 apg, 2.6 spg and 2.3 bpg ... Wellston closed following the 2009-10 academic year.

ETC:
Changed jersey number to 23 prior to the 2014-15 season after wearing #16 in first season with the Kings ... Became only the third player to be selected out of Kansas by the Kings in the Sacramento era, joining Ryan Robertson (second round, 45th overall, 1999) and Thomas Robinson (first round, 5th overall, 2012) ... Is only the fourth player from Kansas to ever be selected by the Kings (Carl Henry, 4th round, 1984) in Sacramento franchise history.

PERSONAL:
Age 21 ... Lists "The Hangover" and "Friday" as all-time favorite movies ... Favorite comfort is hamburgers.

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Vitals

Height: 6'5''/ 1.96m
Weight: 195 lbs./ 88.5 kg
Born: February 11, 1993
From: Kansas
Draft: 2016
NBA Debut: 2013
Years Pro: 2
Previous Teams:
  Sacramento Kings 2013 - 2014
Prior to NBA/Country: Kansas/USA

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