Lamb has a great deal of upside as a top-notch role player in the NBA. There are so few spot-up shooters with his size and athleticism. His upside on defense is extremely high as his wingspan will give smaller guards nightmares. We saw in the playoffs how Paul George‘s length affected Dwyane Wade‘s play and Lamb has that same type of length to become a lockdown defender. He is not there yet but when Lamb concentrates on defense, it is flat-out scary.
The most troubling part about Lamb is his lack of intangibles. He is not a bad kid. Unfortunately, he plays with a lackadaisical manner. As we saw at UConn and the U19 FIBA World Championship, Lamb is not much of a leader. It can be extremely frustrating watching Lamb takeover games and look like Richard Hamilton one day and the other day he can be a non-factor. Lamb needs more consistency in his effort. In the NBA, you cannot take plays off.
Combined score: 34 out of 50 possible points
Jeremy Lamb can be a versatile spot-up shooter but he can also be a one-dimensional scorer. The talent and tools are at Lamb’s disposal. How he will use them seems to be up in the air.
Best fit: Cleveland Cavaliers
Kyrie Irving needs that future backcourt teammate and Lamb would be the perfect fit. Lamb has everything that Irving does not. Irving struggled mightily on defense this past season and Lamb could guard the opposing team’s best scoring threat. Lamb would benefit from Irving’s playmaking ability. It seems like the perfect match for a franchise looking to add young, promising pieces. It will all depend on how the ping-pong balls roll as it is unlikely that the Cavaliers would pick Lamb third in the draft, which is their projected position at this point.
“I’ve always been a big Jeremy Lamb fan. The way he scores the ball looks so easy and effortless. He has a perfect body for the NBA. What’s not to like? I feel like people over analyzed this UConn team because the expectations were too high. People should not be so down on the kid for having such a disappointing season. He is the next great UConn shooting guard in line. Look how [Jim] Calhoun prepared Ray Allen, Rip Hamilton, and Ben Gordon. Lamb will be fine.” – An anonymous, lifelong UConn fan.
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