Over the next week we will be taking a look at various and realistic draft possibilities for the Chicago Bulls.
NAME: Jeremy Lamb
POS: Shooting Guard
HIGHLIGHTS: Highest 3-point percentage in Final Four history, 2011 FIBA All-Tourment Team
PROS: Lamb is easily tied as the second best shooting guard in the 2012 draft class and rightfully so. He’s tall, athletic and he shows flashes to nail the three point ball which is huge for teams in the NBA. Just look at his 2011 NCAA Final Four performance against Kentucky where he went an insane 11 for 15 from beyond the arc to earn the best three point shooting percentage in Final Four history. Had the Huskies not been bounced by Iowa St. in the first round of this year’s tournament he’d be neck and neck with Bradley Beal as the best shooting guard in the draft.
CONS: His motor is an issue with scouts who believe he’s too laid back. That seems like a nit-picky type of critique but it could end up being an issue if he begins to Randy Moss situations and check out. Also, as good as his three ball has been at times, he needs to become more consistent on a regular basis. His low totals of steals in his college career are also troubling but guys like Arron Affalo have gotten by despite this.
IS HE A FIT IN CHICAGO: Jim Calhoun recruited Lamb because he reminded him of former UConn star Rip Hamilton. Now although Rip Hamilton wasn’t a glowing success in his one year with the Bulls the idea of Rip Hamilton with the Bulls is still something that instills hope that the gamble will work out. Getting a younger version of Hamilton in Lamb who has more traction on the tires and can come into Thibodeau’s system with Hamilton-eqsue tools is something that i very attractive. He’s got height and his 7″ wingspan is even better. The question is can he be defensive because if you can’t be defensive you won’t be a fit with the Bulls and Tom Thibodeau’s system.
BOTTOM LINE: Lamb isn’t the picture perfect prospect but he’s got more shine on him then most guys available. He’s not the best fit for the Bulls but the chances are even if they trade up he might not be available. If you have him falling past the Trailblazers at 11 then you must be looking at a different kid. His ability to score — he shot around 60% at UConn — means he can become a prolific scorer in the NBA. He also has the skill to become a three point sniper and if you can develop a starting shooting guard into a sharp shooter who provides consistently then you are going to have a stud. That gut very well could be Lamb.