Facts About Ben McLemore
Ben Edward McLemore III, popularly known as Ben McLemore is an American professional basketball player. Drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 2013 NBA Draft, McLemore played 4 seasons for the Kings before being traded to Memphis Grizzlies in 2017. Following a season with the Grizzlies, he returned to Kings for a season. After returning to the Kings, he played two seasons for the Kings. McLemore joined Houston Rockets in 2019. He signed with Los Angeles Lakers in April 2021.
The John R. Wooden Award-finalist McLemore played college basketball for the Kansas Jayhawks. He plays as a shooting guard.
What is Ben McLemore Famous For?
- Named to the Consensus second-team All-American in 2013.
- Named to First-team All-Big 12 in 2013.
- Drafted 7th overall by Sacramento Kings in the 2013 NBA Draft.
Where is Ben McLemore From?
Ben McLemore was born on 11 February 1993. His birth name is Ben Edward McLemore III. His birth place is in St. Louis, Missouri. He grew up in Wellston Avenue. He was born to father Ben McLemore II and mother Sonya Reid. He belongs to African-American ethnicity and his religion is Christianity. His siblings are Kevin, Keith, and April. His brother Kevin died in 2018.
He attended Wellston High School where he started playing basketball. After high school shut down in 2010, he transferred to Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia. He also attended Christian Life Center in Humble, Texas. He continued to play basketball there. For his high school performance, Rivals.com considered him a four-star recruit.
After completing high school, McLemore committed to the University of Kansas. However, NCAA deemed McLemore ineligible to play because he attended multiple high schools. He was allowed to practice with the team and take part in team activities only after the start of the second semester of the school year.
McLemore redshirted his freshman year and averaged 15.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists.
Ben McLemore NBA Career
- Ben McLemore announced to enter the 2013 NBA Draft. However, he was part of controversies during the period. Allegations arose that NBA agent Rodney Blackstock had given thousands of dollars in impermissible benefits to McLemore's AAU coach, Darius Cobb, in exchange for Cobb steering McLemore toward certain financial advisers and NBA agents. McLemore had signed Blackstock as his NBA agent.
- NCAA launched an investigation to determine whether or not Kansas would have to vacate the basketball games in which McLemore played.
- McLemore was drafted in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings.
- He signed a rookie contract with the Kings on 13 July 2013.
- For his impressive performance, he was named the Western Conference Rookie of the Month for November 2013.
- McLemore played all 82 games in his rookie NBA season. He averaged 8.8 points, career-high 2.9 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in his rookie season.
- He helped the Kings to win the Summer League championship in 2014. He had averaged 12.6 points in seven games.
- Kings exercised their third-year team option on McLemore's rookie contract in October 2014. His contract was extended through the 2015-16 season.
- He started in all 82 regular-season games in the 2014-15 season. He averaged career-high 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.7 assists.
- The kings exercised their fourth-year team option on McLemore's rookie scale contract in October 2015. The contract would keep him there until the end of the 2016-17 season.
- He missed the first game of his career on 1 February 2016 due to a sprained right wrist.
- For another injury, a finger-tip injury, he missed 10 games in March 2016.
- He averaged 7.8 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 68 games in the 2015-16 season.
- In the 2016-17 season, he averaged 8.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 0.8 assists.
- McLemore signed a multi-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies on 7 July 2017.
- A month after his signing, he fractured his right foot in a pickup game. The injury ruled him out of court for around 12 weeks.
- Upon his return, Grizzlies was assigned to the Memphis Hustle of the NBA G League.
- He made his Grizzlies debut on 11 November 2017.
- He averaged 7.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 0.9 assists in 56 games in the 2017-18 season.
- Grizzlies traded McLemore back to his former team, Kings in July 2018. McLemore, Deyonta Davies, and a 2021 second-round pick and cash considerations for Garrett Temple.
- He averaged 3.9 points, 0.9 rebounds, and 0.2 assists in 19 games in the 2018-19 season.
- The Kings waived McLemore in February 2019.
- The Houston Rockets signed McLemore in July 2019.
- He averaged 10.1 points, 0.8 rebounds, and 0.6 assists in 71 games in the 2019-20 season.
- He averaged 7.4 points, 0.9 rebounds, and 0.6 assists in 32 games in the 2020-21 season before being waived by the Rockets in April 2021.
- Los Angeles Lakers signed him in the same month for the rest of the 2020-21 season.
Ben McLemore Wife
NBA star Ben McLemore is a married man. The shooting guard is married to his gorgeous wife, Jasmine McLemore. They met at a blind date. They were set up by their mutual friends. They eventually started dating and the couple tied a knot to each other in July 2018. They exchanged their wedding vows in Pasadena, California.
He has a daughter, Teagan, born in March 2017. Their second child, a son was born in September 2019.
Ben McLemore Height
Ben McLemore stands at a height of 1.91 m i.e. 6 feet and 3 inches tall. He has a body weight of 195 lbs i.e. 88 kg. He has an athletic body build. His eye color is dark brown and his hair color is black. He has dreadlock hair. His sexual orientation is straight.
Ben McLemore Salary and Net Worth
Ben McLemore is a professional basketball player, playing in the NBA. His income comes from contracts, salary, bonuses, and endorsements. He was drafted 7th overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2013 NBA Draft. At Sacramento Kings, he earned a salary of around $3 million annually. While he signed with the Memphis Grizzlies, he had a base salary of around $2.2 million. At present, his net worth is estimated at around $5 million.
Trivias About Ben McLemore You Need To Know.
- He was listed as the No. 9 shooting guards and the No. 34 player in the nation in 2011.
- He was a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award.
- He was drafted seventh overall in the 2013 NBA Draft.
- He participated in the 2014 Sprite Slam Dunk contest.
- His 211 consecutive games streak is the second-longest in the NBA behind Tristan Thompson with 335 games.
- He is known for his athletic ability complemented by his outstanding jump shot.
- He is often compared to NBA All-Star Ray Allen for his size, playing abilities, and style.
- Wellston Avenue, the street on which McLemore grew up, was renamed Ben McLemore III Place in his honor in July 2015.