Houston Rockets: Predicting Jeremy Lamb's Rookie Season
Houston had a busy offseason with various trades and reshaping. By shaking up the roster, the Rockets positioned themselves for a probable lottery pick while leaving open the possibility that they will be a competitive team.
One of the biggest reasons for optimism was the drafting of UConn shooting guard Jeremy Lamb. He excels offensively and could end up being a top player in this year's rookie class.
Lamb showed out in the NBA Summer League by averaging 20 points and grabbing five rebounds a steal per game. If this is a sign of things to come for the new draftee, Rocket fans should have a lot of optimism.
The Rockets also grabbed forwards Terrance Jones and Royce White with early picks. Together, these three give the franchise hope that it will develop into a playoff contender in a few years.
But this season, the Rockets will have a complete different look. With such a young team, creating cohesiveness right away won't be easy. But this team figures to show flashes of promise throughout the season.
As for Lamb, let's predict how his rookie season will go.
Lamb Has a Slow Start
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Lamb is a talented scorer with high upside, but don't expect him to light it up early. He will need time to adjust to the NBA and will likely begin the season as Kevin Martin's backup.
But his role is likely to expand as the season progresses.
I'm curious to see how his skinny frame holds up over the course of the season. He likes to attack the basket, but will be playing against more physically developed players than in college.
Lamb has the shot-making ability to excel. The question is, will be able to create his own shot?
Lamb Will Develop Chemistry with Jeremy Lin
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Jeremy Lin might have received more attention than any athlete in the world last season. The Harvard graduate, who instantly became a hit with the media, now brings his talents to Houston to get a fresh start.
Lin is an extremely aggressive point guard. He hit some big shots last year and he showed flashes of a great passer.
Putting him alongside Jeremy Lamb gives Houston two guards who will push the pace and create an interesting offense that could put up some high point totals.
Being young, this team should look to use its youth and athleticism to its advantage. Lin and a lot of these up-and-coming players have plenty to prove, but developing chemistry early is crucial.
A Kevin Martin Trade Lands Lamb a Starting Role
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Kevin Martin becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. That being said, Houston should remain busy on the trade market and trade the scoring-minded guard.
The Rockets should not invest more money in Martin. Instead, opening up playing time for a player like Lamb will give Houston a glimpse of what is to come.
With Martin gone, Lamb will become the starter. And that is when the rookie will take off.
With more playing time, Lamb will become a key factor in the offense.
Houston will be left without a true backup shooting guard, unless it acquires one for Martin. But seeing what Lamb can do will play a huge impact on how its offseason shakes out next year.
Lamb Will Lead All Rookies in Scoring After the All-Star Break
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So much for that slow start, right? Lamb will excel late in the season.
Look for him to become a big-time player for Houston. He seems like a natural scorer, so fans should not worry if the rookie gets off to a slow start. Having a guy in the lineup who could eventually average 20 points a night never hurts the growing process.
It wouldn't be surprising to see Lamb average around 15 points a game his rookie season. He has a smooth touch along with above-average athleticism.
Developing the other aspects of his game is a must, but for now he remains a scoring threat with a fairly high ceiling.
Lamb Will Make the NBA All-Rookie Second Team
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I'm banking on Jeremy Lamb becoming an NBA All-Star in about five seasons. As for now, he will find a spot on an All-Rookie team.
A few notable shooting guards were selected in the 2012 NBA draft, but Lamb looks like one who could have the quickest impact. He's going to be a lethal scorer and should see a bigger role as the season progresses..
If Lamb begins the season with a starting job, he could easily rise up the rankings, but don't count on that. He will eventually settle in nicely and put up some stellar games.
Lamb is going to be a solid fixture in Houston's future.
This guy is a special player and will make his mark in the league sooner rather than later.