Ben McLemore narrowly misses cut for NBA All-Rookie Second Team

Ben McLemore and Kendall Marshall of the Lakers. (Photo:  Tobin Halsey)

The NBA announced it’s All-Rookie Teams Thursday afternoon and Ben McLemore almost made the cut.  The Sacramento Kings first-year guard was left on the outside looking in, finishing with 63 total votes.  He also received four first place votes.

He would’ve made the All-Rookie Second Team if he received three more votes.  Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams was the last first year player to make the cut, finishing with a total of 65 votes.

McLemore had an up and down first season in the NBA.  The 21-year-old guard appeared in all 82 games for the Kings and started in 55 of them.  He earned Rookie of the Month honors for October/November, but struggled on both sides of the floor throughout the middle parts of the season.  On the year, McLemore averaged 8.8 points, 2.9 rebounds and one assist per game while shooting 37.6 percent from the field and 32 percent from 3-point distance.

Ray McCallum also received a handful of votes for All-Rookie Team consideration.  The rookie point guard, who was selected in the second-round of last year’s draft, received eight total votes.  He finished with more votes than Anthony Bennett, Alex Len, C.J. McCollum and Shabazz Muhammad combined, all of whom were selected in the lottery of the 2013 Draft.

Michael Carter-Williams, Victor Oladipo, Trey Burke, Mason Plumlee and Tim Hardaway Jr. headline the 2014 All-Rookie First Team.  Adams along with Kelly Olynyk, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Gorgui Deng and Cody Zeller were named to the 2014 All-Rookie Second Team.

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