Mar 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward Jordan Morgan (52) and Kansas Jayhawks guard Ben McLemore (23) battle for a loose ball in the second half during the semifinals of the South regional of the 2013 NCAA Tournament at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Ben McLemore: Draft Profile

Ben McLemore (Shooting guard/small forward)

Height: 6’5”

Weight: 189 lbs

Wingspan: 6’7.75”

Max Vertical Leap: 42”

NBA Comparison:

Dwyane Wade. Only in playing style, not personality or demeanor. Wade would be the ceiling of McLemore in that McLemore could possibly be an All-Star, but probably won’t make the Hall of Fame, but Wade probably will. They are similar because both can hit perimeter shots, but aren’t known for it, have great athleticism and are about the same size.

Strengths:

  • Amazing athleticism, including an incredible vertical leap
  • Great in transition offense
  • Good defense, including great lateral quickness to stay in front of quick guards

Weaknesses:

  • Withered in the spotlight as shown in the recent NCAA tournament
  • He is a bit undersized for his position
  • Not yet a knockdown shooter and has trouble off-the-dribble

How he fits with the Suns:

He would be the prototypical two-guard that can score, which is one the several things the Suns need. Because of his amazing athleticism his potential on both sides of the ball is better than the current shooting guard (Jared Dudley, who is a much, much better shooter and with veteran experience). However, McLemore only just turned 20 in February and has a slightly troubled past that management has to take into consideration. However, he will probably be off the board before the Suns are on the clock with the fifth pick.

 

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