Doron Lamb was an underrated member of Kentucky’s national title team in 2011-2012, likely because he was not a “one and done” player and he is not as highly thought of in NBA circles as teammates Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who are both widely projected to be top-5 picks. But Lamb upped his scoring average to 13.7 points per game as a sophomore (from 12.3 as a freshman) and was one of the country’s best outside shooters as he made over 46 percent of his three-pointers.
Lamb is thought of as a potential first round pick next week, but some projections have him going off the board early in the second round. In any case, Lamb may be able to make an immediate contribution as a rookie if the team that drafts him is a good fit and has a need. The Minnesota Timberwolves clearly fit that bill, and may take a long look at selecting Lamb with the 18th overall pick.
Let’s take a closer look at Lamb:
Weight: 199 lbs.
Age: 20 (11/6/1991)
– Is an excellent perimeter shooter (made 47.5 percent of his three-pointers in college), equally effective spotting up and off the dribble
– Took on a role as a facilitator as a sophomore and showed ability to function well in that role
– Shows solid quickness in the open court
– Fits the physical profile of an NBA shooting guard (6’7″ wingspan) and should be able to add weight to his frame
– Is an active defender, showing good fundamentals and effort
– Lacks ideal explosiveness offensively, sometimes struggles around the basket
– Lacks elite physical tools for an NBA shooting guard
– Needs to add strength
– Needs to improve his consistency on a game-by-game basis
Lamb’s overall skill set on both ends of the floor may allow him to see significant minutes right out of the gate as an NBA player, though becoming a starter as a rookie has to be considered unlikely right now. He is still a fairly raw prospect at this point, as most NBA Draft prospects are anyway, but it would not be surprising to see him become one of the better shooting guards in the league within a few years if he can add some bulk to his frame and continue to evolve as an offensive player.
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