Jeremy Lamb to Rockets: Scouting Report, Video Highlights and Analysis
Lamb enters the NBA after a strong sophomore campaign that saw him average 17.7 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. After a freshman year in the shadow of Kemba Walker, Lamb emerged as UConn's top scorer last season.
He joins UConn center Andre Drummond as underclassmen prospects selected in this year's first round. And as one of the top shooting guards entering this year's draft, Lamb should be able to make an instant impact this season.
Let's get to know the high-scoring Husky a little better.
What Lamb Brings to the Team
In some ways, Lamb failed to live up to expectations in 2011-12. While he led UConn in scoring, he was also prone to disappearing for stretches and didn't dominate as some projected he would.
On the other hand, Lamb's game is clearly still developing and his potential is huge. The fact that he moves well without the ball and is such a smooth shooter means he won't need to have great ball-handling skills to be a solid offensive player at the next level.
What is Jeremy Lamb's upside in the NBA?
He looks like he can fill a similar role to a player like Richard Hamilton, giving defenders headaches with his constant motion and ability to catch and shoot effectively. And with good size and wingspan for the shooting guard position, he'll be an effective defender as well.
He'll never be the primary scoring option for a team—I don't think he has the mentality for that—but if he reaches his upside, he should be an excellent complementary piece and a No. 2 or No. 3 scoring option.
What Experts Are Saying
He looks the part of a lottery pick and has one of the craziest wingspans of anyone in the draft for his size. He's added some muscle to his frame—especially in the shoulder area. He shot the ball terrifically from everywhere on the floor. He's very quick for a guard his size and has a smooth athleticism that allows him to glide around the floor.
Adding muscle to that frame will be key for Lamb in the NBA. If he doesn't he'll get beat up, plain and simple.
I don't think Lamb will win Rookie of the Year, but I think he is perfectly capable of pitching in 10-12 points and 25 minutes a game next season.
Two years of play in the tough Big East should help his learning curve, and the fact that he is such a good shooter makes him more likely to have an impact early. He'll get pushed around a little and he may even seem tentative at times, but he'll impress with his movement off the ball and silky jumper.
Jeremy Lamb is a smooth guard who can score with ease. At 6’7”, Lamb has the length to shoot over most guards and put up points from the perimeter. Lamb’s slender frame could be an issue, as he will likely have trouble attacking the rim and fighting off bigger, stronger defenders.
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