Ben Edward McLemore III is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association (NBA). McLemore played his first three years of high school basketball at Wellston High School in St. Louis, Missouri. He completed his senior year in both Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Virginia and Christian Life Center in Humble, Texas.
McLemore committed to attend Kansas and play his college basketball for the Kansas Jayhawks. He was considered as a late first-round or early second-round prospect at the beginning of his college career. However, McLemore averaged 15.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.0 assists while shooting 49.5% shooting from the field and 87% shooting from the foul line in his freshman year. He was named as a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award.
McLemore was drafted as the 7th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings. He scored a career-high 31 points in the Kings' final game of the regular season against the Phoenix Suns. In his rookie season, he averaged 8.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 26.7 minutes per game, playing all 82 games. In 2014, McLemore averaged 12.6 points in seven games in the 2014 NBA Summer League, helping the Kings win the Summer League Championship.
McLemore played all 82 games of the 2014-15 season and averaged 12.1 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in 32.6 minutes per game. In the 2016 off-season, McLemore signed a multi-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies. In 2017, McLemore was traded, along with a 2021 second-round pick, Deyonta Davis and cash considerations, to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Garrett Temple.