Ben McLemore Apr 17, 2014 16:19:45 GMT
Post by Ian Noble on Apr 17, 2014 16:19:45 GMT
SG - Ben McLemore
Drafted: 2013 1st round (2nd pick) by the Boston Celtics (2013 Draft)
Departed: 2018 Off Season Free Agency - not re-signed.
2013/14 - Picked up with one of the draft picks acquired from the trading of Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce from Boston, McLemore started the 2013/14 campaign from the bench behind Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo. As Boston's rebuild continued though and the veterans left, McLemore became the primary backcourt presence on the Celtics roster, finishing the season as a runner-up for Rookie of the Year and leading the team in scoring.
2014/15 - McLemore shared the scoring load with Enes Kanter for the Celtics in his sophomore season and was rewarded with a rating increase from 71 to 74 after noticeably improving for his real-life Kings squad. After the first off season of the Celtics rebuild, McLemore was joined in the backcourt by rookies Dante Exum and Shabazz Napier, who both ran the point, allowing McLemore to spend the majority of his time at his natural shooting guard position.
2015/16 - In his third season McLemore regressed statistically as more young players joined the Celtics rebuild, he was no longer the sole focus of the offense but still put up respectable numbers despite also regressing in real life, struggling for playing time for the dysfunctional Sacramento Kings who went through four coaches in the season!
2016/17 - After three years of solid performance for the Celtics, McLemore's real-life decline in Sacramento finally saw him benched in favour of rookie shooting guard Jamal Murray. The former 2013 #2 pick saw a rating decrease from 74 to 70 and battled it out with 2nd Rounder Glenn Robinson III for backcourt minutes. In real life McLemore left the abusive Sacramento Kings organization and joined the Memphis Grizzlies, kindling some hope for his career, but within a few weeks McLemore, like so many of the D5 Celtics rookies, had fractured a metatarsal bone in his foot which caused him to miss the start of the crucial following season.
2017/18 - The decline continued for McLemore in the last season of his rookie contract whilst he played for the Memphis Grizzlies in real life. The former #2 pick, the first pick made to start The Rebuild in Boston, was eclipsed by all other players on the Celtics roster in 17/18, including fellow 2013 draftee James Ennis who was picked 55th! What had seemed like a promising start to his career, both in D5 and in real life, diminished to a place as the last spot on the Celtics star-studded roster as McLemore saw no action at all in the 17/18 season.
2017/18 - Departure via Free Agency - After five years of patience the former #2 pick was not re-signed during Off Season Free Agency. No other team showed interest in McLemore either! He was not picked up and received no offers during the rest of the off season 2018 off season. In real life McLemore was combined as trade fodder in a "very depressing NBA trade" by the Grizzlies, who sent him back to Sacramento, where his future remains uncertain. "He had a really nice first step, good elevation on his jumper, and by all appearances absolutely zero interest in being any kind of professional basketball player."
RTG GP GS PPG RPG APG SPG BPG 2013/14 71 BOS 82 79 17.7 2.9 3.1 1.33 0.39 2014/15 74 BOS 82 82 15.1 3.4 2.8 1.37 0.29 2015/16 74 BOS 82 82 13.7 3.8 3.1 1.51 0.41 2016/17 70 BOS 51 0 3.5 1.0 1.1 0.20 0.10 2017/18 70 BOS 0 0 00 00 00 00 00 TOTALS 297 243 3990 878 738 356 95 AVG. 15.5 3.7 3.0 1.40 0.37 SPACE SPACE SPACE SPACE SPACE SPACE SPACE SPACE SPACE SPACE