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Monday, August 19th, 2013 at 11:00 am  |  26 responses

Ben McLemore Gunning for Rookie of the Year Award


Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore is setting the bar high for his first year in the NBA — he wants to win the Rookie of the Year award, and says he has a chip on his shoulder after getting picked seventh overall in the 2013 Draft. Per KU Sports: “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. Someday, he hopes to make NBA franchises Cleveland, Orlando, Washington, Charlotte, Phoenix and New Orleans regret not selecting him with their first picks. ‘I’ve got to help my team win games and be a leader,’ the 6-foot-5 guard said. ‘That’s the main thing is being a leader to a team with a lot of older guys and me, understand my role and be a spark.’ He believes he learned a lot about leadership at the recent week-long NBA Rookie Transition Program in New Jersey. ‘I enjoyed the whole process, getting a bonding relationship with all my draft class,’ he said, noting he especially enjoyed a speech from the Brooklyn Nets’ Jerry Stackhouse at the program, designed to teach the players about how to handle all the demands of the NBA. ‘I learned so much there and definitely I could also inspire a lot of people,’ added McLemore, who grew up in poverty in St. Louis. Shabazz Muhammad of the Minnesota Timberwolves was actually dismissed from the program for violating a rule and allegedly bringing a female guest into his hotel room.’Very disappointing,’ McLemore said, asked his reaction. ‘After they (were) telling us the rules, what not to do, for him to do that … it’s just unbelievable after they just explained the different rules to us. Hopefully he’ll learn from his mistakes. Hopefully that won’t stop him from being the basketball player who he is, just keep playing, going with his career.’”

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  • Dfrance

    Ok this whole “rookies with chips on their shoulders” thing is getting old. Dudes were lottery picks and are vowing to take revenge on the 5 teams that passed on them. lol

  • spit hot fiyah

    u know, poor nr 1 pick. he has nothing to motivate him at all and no one to seek revenge on

  • spit hot fiyah

    scheme scheme plot plot…

  • Ugh

    I’m kind of wishing there would be someone with some personality show up one day. “I’m looking to make them pay. I have a chip on my shoulder. I want revenge.” How about something fun, like, “I can see why these teams are in the lottery. They passed on me, and I’m much better than the scrub they took instead. Obviously these teams suck for a reason.”
    That’d be great!

  • Reedo

    Go head and make those damm Suns pay!!!

  • BugEyes

    He is not winning rookie of the year for being a shot jacker shooting a low percentage, oh wait Damian lillard did it last year

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Damian Lillard averaged 19/6/3 on 42% as a rookie. That’s not bad for a rookie PG.

  • BugEyes

    How many shots did he take a game and how many minutes did he play? It felt like he took 20 per and played 40 minutes
    I’d rather have aldridge take those shots imo

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Gotta find those numbers. I was just stating he had a pretty decent stat line for a rookie who’s really a SG playing PG. I’m sure with a full season under his belt and experience he’ll minimize those shot attempts.

  • LakeShow

    Less than 16 shots a game.
    With 6 of those attempts being from down town. Which he hit at a respectable 37%.

    He’s not Brandon Jennings.

    Who do you think should have won ROY?

    Ant is the only person I would hear an argument for.

  • danpowers

    lol

  • BugEyes

    That’s who I thought was going to win last year but I think lost it due to injurys. I’m not a fan of roy voting because other guys have better opportunities than others. when was the last time a Roy was on a championship contending team.?

  • shockexchange

    Lillard had the element of surprise. He came out of nowhere, and writers love to discovering players. The glass was “half full” for Lillard. McLemore doesn’t have that luxury now that he’s announced to the world how badly he wants to win it. *Welp*

  • Dfrance

    Nah, gotta take the PC route at all times!

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Probably Larry Bird

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Ben is my dark horse to win it after the Kings shipped Evans to NO. To be honest Anthony Davis probably would have won ROY if it wasn’t for injury so Lillard ran away with it with ease.

  • shockexchange

    After announcing publicly he is gunning for ROY (which really didn’t have to be announced anyway), Ben is no longer a dark horse. If it’s a close race, there is a natural proclivity to sportswriters to vote for the guy who is more unheralded.

    It’s hard to say that Davis would have won ROY if healthy. Again, if it was close, sportswriters would have still voted for Lillard because he was more unheralded, came from a smaller school, and his story had more of a human element to it.

  • LakeShow

    Tim Duncan.

  • LakeShow

    Timmy, but I was thinking Bird for a second too.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    Totally glanced over that. I figured Bird because his team went 61-21. Forgot about Timmy though.

  • http://soundcloud.com/tray-8 T-Ray

    To the sportswriters he’s no longer a dark horse I agree but to me he is despite his statements because I’m sure all rookies are gunning for ROY especially the top picks. I don’t think it would’ve mattered because of the overwhelming hype surrounding Davis.

  • ATL dynamite

    Teams that didn’t invite him to their pre draft workouts? lol

  • spit hot fiyah

    lebron?

  • spit hot fiyah

    oh as a rookie, face palm

  • The Seed

    Should have been a Bobcat.

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Len is going to have a pretty decent chance at ROY, if they play him and The Polish Hammer side by side….. it will be like a tool box up in here….

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