On Sunday night, Chris Haynes of ESPN reported that the Memphis Grizzlies and Ben McLemore agreed to a two year, $10.7 million deal. McLemore is only 24 years old and has played shooting guard since his rookie year for the Sacramento Kings. So far, he has fallen below expectations after being drafted 7th overall in 2013, but this is something that can easily turn around in Memphis.

Feb 23, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore (16) shoots the ball during the second half against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center. The Kings won 109-95. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
(Photo: Chris Humphreys | USA TODAY Sports)

During his tenure for the Kings, they went through 4 different coaches, and in Sacramento’s system he didn’t have the proper leadership to help him develop. Fizdale changes this and finally gives McLemore a coach who will help him take his game to the next level. Whether he comes off the bench or starts is still up in the air, but he will be able to provide another shooter on the wing (38% from beyond the arc last season) and an athletic one at that (he has a max vertical of 42”).

Last season, the Grizzlies were 27th in fast break points with only 10.4 per game, this will hopefully be an area that McLemore can help Memphis improve through his athleticism and ability to finish at the rim. Transitioning to Fizdale’s system saw the Grizzlies increase their 3 point shooting, averaging three more made 3 pointers a game and eight more attempted compared to the previous year. This is a trend the Grizzlies will try to continue to follow and McLemore is a good fit in going that direction.

Matthew Starnes | @MatthewHStarnes


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