Jeremy Lamb, SG Connecticut Scouting Report
Cole’s Take: First off, let’s pay homage to arguably the dunk of the year above. Thanks for that gem, Jeremy.
Jeremy Lamb is somewhat of an enigma. He flourished next to Kemba during his freshman year but couldn’t carry the load on last year’s dysfunctional train-wreck of a first round exit team. One thing is for sure: he’s a scorer through and through. He’s a silky smooth spectacular athlete with a ridiculous 6’11 wingspan who just gets buckets. Lamb sports the most NBA ready midrange game in the draft and has a quick trigger on his jumper. He’s most adept at getting jump shots coming off screens in catch and shoot situations but can create space for shots off the dribble as well. Lamb has Jimmer Fredette three point range on his J, but needs to develop more consistency from behind the arc.
Defensively, Lamb has all the physical tools and the aforementioned wingspan to pester opposing wings on the NBA level. Whether or not he becomes a plus defender in the league will depend largely on effort, but the upside is there.
Downside: A picture is worth a thousand words. Lamb’s one facial expression rubs teams and fans the wrong way. He just looks disengaged to the point it doesn’t seem like he cares. While a terrific talent, Lamb doesn’t possess that killer instinct competitive gene. Caring about basketball is a skill, and it’s a question mark whether Lamb has the drive to continue to improve his game.
Lamb definitely needs to add some weight to his frail frame. 179 aint gonna cut it on the next level. He would also do well to study Kevin Martin, another smooth jump-shooting wing, and add Martin’s patented ability to to draw fouls off the bounce. Right now Lamb is essentially a glorified jump shooter who doesn’t drive or draw fouls. He dribbles to set up his jump shot. He has the physical tools and ball-handling ability to get to the rack, but lets defenses off the hook by settling. Lamb also needs to continue to improve his shot selection, which he made strides between his freshman and sophomore seasons.
Best Fit: Obligatory Phoenix Suns Mention
The Suns need scoring from the two-guard spot, and Lamb fits the bill. Sometimes this process is that simple. Plus Seth doesn’t want Phoenix to take him, which means they certainly will.
Best Case Scenario: Kevin Martin
Worst Case Scenario: More athletic Nick Young