Ben McLemore is a promising player but he might need a change of scenery from Sacramento Kings to find his niche in the league. With new acquisitions in Arron Afflalo and Malachi Richardson, it doesn’t seem surprising that McLemore has been the subject of NBA trade rumors.
McLemore was the seventh pick during the 2013 NBA draft, whose best season probably came during his sophomore year. But things seem to have soured for the budding 23-year-old player, which is one reason why he has been bundled in NBA trade rumors with Rudy Gay.
With his stars not exactly shining bright, a change of scenery could possibly help in his development. With Afflalo and Richardson taken in for a reason, trading McLemore to other teams in need of shooters could be forthcoming.
Ben McLemore To The Big Appke
A win-win situation could see McLemore joining the New York Knicks. The team needs a reliable backup guard and McLemore could be the guy to fill in that hole. He is young and could flourish under first year head coach Jeff Hornacek, a good shooter of his time.
But for that to happen, the Knicks would have to make room for McLemore. Kyle O’Quinn could be a casualty though they do have other young players they could give up. If Phil Jackson doesn’t want to unload, they have some future picks to dangle. Right now all these are options.
Justin Holiday is seen as the only reliable backup guard for the wards of Hornacek. Looking over the comparison made by the Daily Knicks, McLemore have the better numbers.
The disparity is not that significant meaning in numbers, but McLemore is four years younger than Holiday. They can either co-exist or eventually become a yardstick on who can properly fill in the void. Right now there is no clear indication on whether the Knicks plan to ramp up their bench. Just in case, McLemore seems like a logical add.