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Report: Ben McLemore was out of shape for recent workouts

Jun 18, 2013, 5:59 PM EDT

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Kansas’ Ben McLemore was pretty much a top three pick on everybody’s board a month ago, but he may be sliding down some boards right now.

In part that is because the smooth-shooting guard out of Kansas didn’t help his cause in some recent workouts, reports Chad Ford at (Insider).

Multiple sources told me that his workout in Phoenix was not impressive; he wasn’t in shape, and he struggled to keep up in the workout. I heard similar things in Orlando. McLemore is in a tug-of-war right now between adviser Rodney Blackstock and his agency Rivals. It’s kept McLemore out of the gym and for the most part, out of workouts. How much will all of this affect the draft stock?

Probably not that much, because teams are drafting on talent (and think it’s the people around McLemore pulling him in different directions that is hurting his cause).

There’s no doubt McLemore is talented. He’s a 6’4” shooting guard, with a silky-smooth shot. He’s a late bloomer and a guy you can say the most overused of draft buzzword about — upside — and be right. But he isn’t great at creating his own shot so he needs to be paired with a point guard (or other shot creator). Our man Rob Dauster at CollegeBasketballTalk has said he thinks the ceiling for McLemore is the 2010 version of Ray Allen — a knock down shooter who can do a few other things and makes a great third player on a very good team.

In this draft, that likely keeps him up high. DraftExpress still has him at No. 2 to Orlando. He’s likely still top three, but we will see.

  1. pmx8411 - Jun 18, 2013 at 6:27 PM

    Welcome….to the D-League

  2. biggestredmiami - Jun 18, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Your agents kept your from continuing to work out? Give me a break. If you really wanted to be a player, especially a star, and make millions in the NBA, you wouldn’t let your agents fighting keep you from doing so.

  3. tigers182 - Jun 18, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    Does no one want to get drafted this year?

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 18, 2013 at 6:53 PM

      Cody Zeller does.

      I’m not saying he’s the best in the draft, so please don’t say I’m saying that.

      In the draft combine, people were amazed at how athletic he was. He had either a 33″ or a 33.5″ vertical which is pretty damn good when you’re 7 feet tall to begin with.

      His wingspan, which many said wasn’t good, wasn’t what they would like it to be, but it was better than what people said it was or was going to be. Reports had him only having a wingspan of 6′ 8″. It turned out to be either 6′ 10″ or 6′ 10.5″.

      Also, while standing on the floor and raising his hands above his head, he reached up to 8′ 10″. Now go ahead and add in 33″ more inches for his vertical leap.

      On a running cone drill, he was the 3rd fastest out of everyone.

      Again, I’m not saying that he is the best in this draft. My point is that he came into the draft combine and did better across the board in every drill and measurement that was done. He impressed.

      He isn’t some guy who isn’t athletic. He gets up and down the court, is quick (quicker than they thought based on the cone drill) and his hops are more than they figured too.

      So while he isn’t the best prospect and doesn’t have the highest ceiling, he does want to be drafted and he prepared himself and then went out and performed very well, much better across the board than he was expected to…

    • jcmeyer10 - Jun 18, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      Dre Roberson does. Kid was a manimal on the boards.

  4. trevor123698 - Jun 18, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    he had bust written all over him before this. hes a chump

  5. bigmeechy74 - Jun 18, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    How could anyone be this stupid? All you have to do is stay in shape for a few months and it will improve your chances to make millions of dollars. Amazing.

  6. jrebar88 - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:18 PM


  7. wowwowbad - Jun 18, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Ray Allen is a good shooter but never a factor of winning until he joined the Celtics in 2007. He scored a lot back in the days with the Bucks and Supersonics but never carry the team win meaningful series.

  8. louhudson23 - Jun 19, 2013 at 4:05 AM

    So which side is advising that he not be in shape? Silly premise.He isn’t in shape cause he hasn’t been working. No adviser needed to play and work.

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