Memphis Grizzlies guard Ben McLemore is reportedly out three months after fracturing his foot in a pickup game.
After four years with the Sacramento Kings, McLemore signed with the Grizzlies in July and would finally have the chance to reach his full potential. Unfortunately, he has to put that on hold. In a press release, Memphis announced that the 24-year-old suffered a “non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot.”
The injury came while McLemore was in Los Angeles playing a pickup game. He drove to the basket, and, when he landed, it was on someone’s foot. A relatively-normal instance in basketball.
Ever since coming out of Kansas, McLemore has struggled to find his way. He’s an athletic wing who’s steadily improved his shot over the last couple of seasons, and he uses his insane athleticism to slash to the cup. In 61 games last year, the Kings allocated McLemore a bit more than 19 minutes, and he produced 8.1 points and 2.1 rebounds while shooting 38.2 percent from downtown.
Memphis signed McLemore to a two-year deal worth $10.7 million, and he’s someone who can give their offense a much-needed jolt when healthy. His biggest asset is his shot, and that’s a welcome sign for a team who connected on just 35.4 percent of their looks from three.
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