Kings select Ben McLemore with No. 7 pick

Kings select Ben McLemore with No. 7 pick
June 27, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Guard Ben McLemore averaged 15.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in his 2012-2013 season with the Kansas Jayhawks. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings are taking another chance on a Kansas product with potential.

With Thomas Robinson's first-round flop still fresh from last season, Sacramento's new ownership and basketball operations team selected the latest Jayhawks standout with the seventh pick in the NBA draft Thursday night: shooting guard Ben McLemore.

"Seven is my lucky number," new Kings owner Vivek Ranadive said. "When I was at the Warriors we got (Stephen) Curry, (Harrison) Barnes at seven, my birthday is on the seventh, the Mayor (Kevin Johnson) was picked seventh, he wore the number seven and we got the best player in the (draft) at seven."

New general manager Pete D'Alessandro hopes McLemore pans out better than predecessor Geoff Petrie's previous pick that entered the league with a similar background and expectations. The Kings took Robinson fifth last June, but he struggled from the start and was traded to Houston in February.