Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
Besides the acquired skill set and natural mentality, being a great NBA scorer involves having a couple physical gifts as well.
At the NBA Draft Combine, Lamb’s maximum vertical was 38 inches. This is an impressive mark when you consider his fundamentally sound game. Combine his near-40 inch vert with a 6’5" frame and seven-foot wing span, and you have a potentially lethal scoring machine on your hands. Possessing a long wingspan and impressive vertical are one of the reasons Lamb is able to get his shots off so effectively. When Lamb was chased off screens, even if a defender managed to contest, Lamb’s length and verticality allowed him to elevate and knockdown shots even with contact or duress.
The main knock on Lamb physically, however, concerns his weight. As of when he was drafted, Lamb was about 179 pounds. This is much too light for someone of his height, and considering he isn’t a particularly speedy or quick player, he isn’t going to make up for his lack of strength when he attempts to score against bigger guards. Lamb can certainly get away with this because of his solid stroke from beyond the arc and his array of short-range floaters, but he’s certainly a bit too raw at this point.
But when he does eventually pack on some muscle, he could become a fearsome slasher at the NBA level, and thanks to his solid perimeter game, he would certainly become a legitimate inside-outside scorer.
Mentally and fundamentally, Lamb has all the tools needed to become an elite scorer, but at this point in time, Lamb has ways to go before we crown him a legitimate pro scoring option.