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Ben McLemore and Jason Thompson Starting?

There's a rumor going around that Ben McLemore and Jason Thompson will be the new additions to Sacramento's starting lineup.

Ethan Miller

There has been a lot of speculation as to what changes the Sacramento Kings will make to their starting lineup after Coach Michael Malone's comments Saturday.  We'll know the answer in a couple hours, but the rumor going around is that rookie Ben McLemore and Jason Thompson are the guys coming in to face the Brooklyn Nets.

Ben McLemore has been one of the best shooters on the roster, hitting 41.7% of his three pointers, compared to just 27.6% for Marcus Thornton.  Despite playing just 19.7 minutes a game off the bench, he's also Sacramento's 4th leading scorer at 8.8 PPG.  Thornton was at 8.7 PPG in 28.3 MPG.

Thompson hasn't exactly shone offensively, but he's a better rebounder and passer than Patrick Patterson, who is struggling from the floor shooting just 36.6% on the year.

If this new starting lineup comes to fruition, John Salmons is the most notable incumbent, as he has struggled more than both Patterson or Thornton, shooting just 26.8% from the field.  Sacramento's other options at the position are Travis Outlaw or Luc Mbah a Moute.

UPDATE 6:00 P.M.

McLemore is definitely starting.

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