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[ESPN Lowe] Ben McLemore: The NBA lottery pick who lost his way, and his road back

Discussion in 'Houston Rockets: Game Action & Roster Moves' started by Kim, Jan 7, 2020.

  1. don grahamleone

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    I could watch him do that three pointer celebration about 5 times a game and never get tired of it. It's like a Harden nose bleed.
     
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    Definitely fills a need in the depleted front court.
     
  3. Carl Herrera

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    Russell Westbrook and his stuntman.
     
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    Another successful (so far) career restoration project by the Rockets.
    Also credit to Ben McLemore for putting in the work
     
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    Fantastic article by Zach Lowe. Makes me look at Ben a bit different now. I’m happy that he’s found a role on this team.
     
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    Meanwhile Marquese Chriss is out of the league.

    One has been humbled and realized what he needs to do to stay in the league, the other is overconfident and refuses to look at himself first.

    Playing alongside Harden and under Dantoni has basically revived McLemore's career, hopefully he keeps playing well for us and thinks about staying with us long term.
     
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    Was a good read and glad he realized what he needed to do to stay in the league. Didn't even realize he's still only 26.
     
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    Nice Article... I like B-Mac as a player. He plays hard and he's willing to learn!
     
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    I read the article and thought it was great. Just because you're the #7 draft pick doesn't mean you don't need development especially at 20 years old. Still a kid. I think the role John Lucas plays is important in getting players to develop so that MDA trust and plays them. He just needs to slow down, he's wide open and that jumper will start to drop. I can't wait to see this lineup. Tuck (when his shot gets back on), Clint, Eric, James and Bmac. I hope Westbrick starts shooting better and reducing his mistakes..
     
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    Chriss is interesting, still 22 and improved this season with GSW. He actually out played Willie Cauley-Stein. Freak athlete might look better running with Russ.

    SAC may give him a shot if they can trade Dedmon. Chriss is local boy.
     
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    sounds like MDA does a lot of the things right outside of the games, maybe except for having players prepared to stay focused through adversity as well as with big leads, but it doesn't seem like he does much during the games
     
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    Props to him for figuring out what he needed to improve to stay in the league. I thought when the Rockets signed him his defense will probably be a major issue to stick around, but he hasn't been the turnstile he was previously and good enough to be in the rotation. Not everyone can remake their game to fit a new role and he clearly has done it.

    Unfortunately Bennett was injured because he could've also made a similar type role this year too
     
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    This was a great read, I love learning more about the players on the team.
     
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    Not many would have drafted him at 7, the raw player that he was without a viable elite skill.

    Sorry to hear about his brother.
     
  16. clutchdabear

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    then you didn’t follow that year’s draft at all. he was projected as the no.1 pick midway through the season by a lot of draft projections. he was still projected as a top 5 pick by season’s end. no one thought he would drop to no.7.

    every scout compared him to ray allen, not just because of his nearly identical shooting form, but because he knew how to shoot off of screens and move without the ball the way ray allen did. and then he also had elite level athleticism. jay bilas even had him as the one player he’d guarantee would turn into an allstar from that draft. elite shooting + athleticism... not hard to see why so many ppl fell in love with his potential.

    obviously it hasn’t panned out for him the way many thought he would, but i’m glad he’s finally getting a chance to really grow here in houston. like the article says... a lot of a player’s success depends on the environment in which he is allowed to grow and develop. sacto’s revolving door of coaches and general chaos obviously didn’t help mclemore one bit.
     
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    Fair enough, yet that Draft had one MVP and one DPOY past the 14th pick.

    Glad I didn't follow it closely as that was a busty draft in the Top 10.

    Dipo is a star player, also undersized as hell.
    The real gud players were Internationals.
     
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    wouldn’t really say that draft had an mvp when we all know who last year’s real mvp is. too bad media members will never ever give harden another mvp.

    giannis overall skill level isn’t really that high, even now. that’s why he wasn’t projected as a lottery pick. he was just another long lanky project big with no real identifiable skill. but bc he worked so hard on his body over the years..and with an above average handle, he’s able to just run over defenders now. he wouldn’t be allowed to dominate so much if refs actually called all of his offensive fouls.. if they did he’d foul out every game by halftime.
     
  19. daywalker02

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    True, sheer willpower and drive to become the best, those are 2 underrated qualities.

    Succeeding in a small market environment, is also formidable.

    I mean, we are nitpicking here, even if he were the 2nd in an MVP contest, he would still be an MVP caliber guy, and McLemore is still multiverses apart from that level.

    C'mon, mang, you dun see Shaq fouling out much, he was running over people all the while.

    It is still a contact sport.
     
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