Hall of Famer, former NBA player Chris Mullin recently did an interview, where he spoke about the league’s younger players, and specifically about Ben McLemore, whom Sacramento Kings selected in 2013 with 7th draft pick.
Mullin, who works as special adviser with the Kings, said McLemore is going to be “your typical success story”, InsideLocal reported.
“He has great athletic ability, but is younger than the guys that I was competing against coming out. He is much younger and has only played one season. He has so much growth ahead of him, but he has the work ethic and he has the desire,” Mullin said.
“Now it’s about him figuring out what he’s going to base his game around. Will it be one thing that he can bring every night? This is a big summer to him,” he said.
Mullin went on to add that McLemore will have to figure out what what he’s going to base his game around.
“Will it be one thing that he can bring every night? This is a big summer to him. Each and every summer, you have to add a little bit to your game. That’s my personal opinion. If you polled most people around the league, they would say the same thing about him. They see a lot of pride. He’s a young player developing,” Mullin said.
Speaking about what he would like to see in McLemore, Mullin said he would like to see the young player be more active on the offensive end and play without the ball.
“Be a screener or a slasher and knock down open three point shots. I think he can be a tremendous defender because of his athleticism. So really it’s about having a total evolution of his game. He’s got all the pieces,” Mullin said.
“We’ve seen everything from him. We’ve seen him knock down 3’s and we’ve seen him have tremendous blocks on defense. We’ve seen him get to the rim and dunk on people. On a nightly basis, it’s about putting it all together. You have to figure out how to do that not only individually, but how to fit that in with five other guys trying to get their games together,” Mullin, who is in the Hall of Fame, said.
“I’m more old fashioned than most. I don’t buy into the three-point shot, dunk theory. I’m still a big believer in running for layups, shooting open 15-footers and free throws and then adding the three-point shot. I’m not heavy on all three’s and dunks. I don’t subscribe to that style of basketball,” he explained.
“Basketball to me is a total team game. There’s really no room for selfish play. But in the summer time is when I dedicated to myself in individually honing my skills and developing my game. Then when I came back to training camp, if there was some roster moves or coaching changes, then I figured out how do I fit into the team concept right now? I always felt like if you had multiple skills and were as fit as possible, it didn’t matter where you played. You break out your toolbox and use this for whatever team you play on and be successful,” Mullin said.
Commenting on the 2014 NBA draft, Mullin said it is still early to say what will come out of the draftees.
“They got that special on the 1984 draft and that’s considered the best ever. If you asked people then, people would say that. I was on the ’84 Olympic team and a lot of those guys got cut from that team. It all depends on the players’ work ethic, how they can maintain the love of the game through the ups and downs and handle the natural turbulence of the NBA business part. No matter what anyone says on if it’s been a very hyped draft or overhyped draft, I don’t think either is right. You’ll have to wait and see,” he said.
Mullin was selected seventh overall in the 1985 NBA Draft by the Golden State Warriors. He went on to appear in 5 All-Star games and later starred on the 1992 Dream Team.
Mullin played most of his NBA career for the Golden State Warriors, averaging career high 26.5 ppg in 1988-89 season. He played in a total of 986 NBA games (822 started), averaging 18.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 3.5 apg in 32.6 mpg.
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