[Moderated by Matt Jones]
Right up there with death and taxes, it’s a sure thing that Anthony Davis will hear his name called first in the NBA draft on June 28. And a little below that, like getting chicken pox as a child or seeing Stone Cold Willow at Tin Roof, we’re 99.9% sure that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will go in the top five. With the rest of the Draft Cats, however, the water’s a little murkier.
One interesting article popped up yesterday on Hardwood Houdini (h/t NBA Cats) that offered the hypothetical possibility of Doron Lamb joining the Celtics and consequently, former Kentucky point guard Rajon Rondo. The Celtics have the 22nd overall pick of the draft and will likely be scrambling to replace Ray Allen and Kevin Garnett, who will both be free agents. Brett Roberts makes the argument that Doron Lamb should get the honor of sham-rocking the green flat bill (horrible pun, I admit it) on draft day, and his reasoning is intriguing.
Roberts notes Lamb’s high scoring potential from both mid and long-range, as well as his good defense (not the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Lamb, but who am I to judge?). He argues that Lamb’s size (6’5 with a 6’7 wingspan) will be enough to face off with other shooting guards. Roberts also brings up the tantalizing notion of pairing Lamb with Rajon Rondo. The idea is that Lamb’s silky shooting would balance out Rondo’s bricks, and Rondo’s sharp passes would make it easy for Lamb to execute in the Celtics’ offense. Personality-wise, it seems like a good match as well: Lamb’s laid-back demeanor could prove a nice complement to Rondo’s sometimes-flaring temper.
Roberts concedes that Lamb has some work to do before he’s fully NBA-ready– bulk up, tighten up on defense, and generally adjust to the league- but he believes Lamb has the potential for a long, satisfying career. He ends on a realistic note:
Will Lamb blow us away should we be lucky enough to land him? Maybe not initially, but as Lamb matures, his game should render him a career long starter in the NBA. He has the potential to be even better, but he is not a showstopper, nor does he have unlimited potential. In many ways, it is what you see is what you get with Lamb, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Kentucky did, after all, just win a National Championship in March.
Well, we won the National Championship in April, technically, but I like where he’s going with this. Let’s not forget that Lamb was also the high scorer in that championship game (and that Anthony Davis still earned the title of MVP). Lamb’s not the flashiest player in the draft, but in the right system, he could develop into a successful long-term player for a team. And if that team has another former Kentucky player on it, all the better for UK fans.
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