TrueHoop: 2013 NBA Draft
June, 26, 2013
By Ryan Feldman
Jamie Sabau/Getty ImagesBen McLemore's jump shot has drawn comparisons to Ray Allen.
McLemore is efficient on both ends of the court and was extremely valuable to the Jayhawks last season. He led Division I freshmen in win shares -- a metric that estimates the number of wins contributed by a player due to his offense and defense.
Playmaking on offense
On offense, McLemore ranked seventh in points per play among the 220 players with at least 500 plays last season. Seth Curry was the only player invited to the 2013 draft combine who ranked higher.
Perhaps more impressive, McLemore’s 1.09 points per play was the highest average by a freshman with at least 500 plays since Michael Beasley and Kevin Love in 2007-08.
McLemore scored in a variety of ways at Kansas. He shot 48 percent on spot-up plays, 57 percent in transition and 60 percent in isolation.
His jump shot is perhaps his best attribute and one reason he's been compared to Ray Allen. McLemore shot 40 percent on jump shots last season, including 43 percent on catch-and-shoot jumpers. Both stats ranked in the top 15 percentile last season.
What about performing in clutch time? In the final five minutes of the second half and overtime with the score within five points, McLemore averaged 1.45 points per play, the most among all draft prospects with more than 10 plays, and shot 67 percent from the floor.
He most notably showed off his clutch shot-making ability in a game against Iowa State, when he made a game-tying 3-pointer to send the game into overtime and carried his team to a victory with 33 points on 10-of-12 shooting, including 6-for-6 on 3-point attempts.
Everyone knows about McLemore’s potential as a scoring guard, but there isn’t nearly as much talk about his defense.
Data from Synergy Sports Technology show that McLemore’s on-ball defense may have played a large part in Kansas leading the country in defensive field goal percentage last season.
Victor Oladipo is another shooting guard thought to be near the top of NBA draft boards, and although he is known as a ferocious defender, McLemore was the better on-ball defender last season, according to Synergy.
McLemore held opponents to 25 percent shooting as an on-ball defender, the lowest field goal percentage allowed among players who defended at least 250 plays last season. McLemore allowed 0.63 points per play compared with Oladipo’s 0.85.
McLemore also allowed fewer points per play on pick-and-rolls and defended jump shots better than Oladipo last season.
And finally, McLemore defended well in clutch time, holding opponents to 25 percent shooting, including 0-for-6 on 3-pointers.
So when looking at McLemore, remember that he's more than just a jump shooter. He displayed the entire package in his lone season in college.
June, 25, 2013
By Harold Shelton, ESPN Stats & Info
AP Photo/David J. PhillipTrey Burke (right) is 8th on Chad Ford’s Big Board.If there's a safe bet to be had in the NBA Draft, history suggests it's taking a point guard in the top five.
Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams, Michigan's Trey Burke and Lehigh's C.J. McCollum are currently seven, eight and nine on Chad Ford's Big Board, with Burke projected to go 7th overall to the Sacramento Kings.
But if one of them, or any other available point guard, slides into the top five, history says the team making the selection should have quite the find.
Going back 30 years, there have been 25 point guards selected in the top five. In chronological order, starting in 1990, they are:
Gary Payton, Chris Jackson (later, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf), Kenny Anderson, Penny Hardaway, Jason Kidd, Allen Iverson, Stephon Marbury, Chauncey Billups, Antonio Daniels, Mike Bibby, Steve Francis, Baron Davis, Jay Williams, Shaun Livingston, Devin Harris, Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Raymond Felton, Mike Conley, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Tyreke Evans, Ricky Rubio, John Wall and Kyrie Irving.
And this is what that group has accomplished, by the numbers:
• 15 made at least one All-Star team (Payton, Anderson, Hardaway, Kidd, Iverson, Marbury, Billups, Francis, Davis, Harris, D. Williams, Paul, Rose, Westbrook, Irving)
• 12 made multiple All-Star teams (everyone above except Anderson, Harris and Irving)
• Seven Rookies of the Year (Kidd, Iverson, Francis, Paul, Rose, Evans, Irving)
• Six won an Olympic gold medal (Payton, Hardaway, Kidd, Paul, D. Williams, Westbrook)
• Four won an NBA title (Payton, Kidd, Daniels, Billups)
• Four led the league in assists (Payton, Kidd 3 times, Marbury, Paul twice)
• Three won multiple Olympic gold medals (Payton, Paul, D. Williams)
• Two NBA MVPs (Iverson, Rose)
• One Finals MVP (Billups)
• One Most Improved Player (Jackson)
• One Basketball Hall of Fame inductee this year (Payton)
Of the 12 top-five point guards drafted before 2000, all played at least nine seasons.
And of the 13 top-five point guards drafted this millennium, eight made an All-Star team or won Rookie of the Year.
So what do you get in drafting a point guard in the top five?
History says that even at their worst, you get a serviceable player who will have a long career in the league.
At their best, they're at least an All-Star and could be one of the league’s best.
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