C’mon, everyone wants to be like Mike (but he made need to add a few inches to his 33.5″ vertical to throw down like him).
We’ve been looking at the best fits for each UK player headed to the NBA, but occasionally we get bit of news coming from the teams’ perspective that allows us to see who they think is the best fit for their club. Some executives come off sounding foolish (Really, MJ? Not sold on MKG?), but others let you see the tactical choosing that comes with properly gaming the NBA Draft.
Jon Rothstein now reports that the Chicago Bulls are very interested in selecting Doron Lamb in the first round with the 29th overall pick. Having Doron get picked in the first round would be awesome, and build us one step closer to the next ‘greatest day in Kentucky basketball history’ (ha). Also, it would be fun to watch Lamb team up with a NBA superstar and member of Cal’s #lafamilia, Derrick Rose. KSR’s own Rashawn Franklin even chose the Bulls as his hometown-biased favorite spot for Lamb to land.
Here’s what Rothstein had to say about Lamb and the Bulls:
The Bulls are said to be big fans of Kentucky’s Doron Lamb at 29. Chicago needs a capable shot maker off the bench and could use another capable guard with Derrick Rose’s status for the beginning of the next season in question. Many NBA scouts have compared Lamb to Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey because of his ability to play both spots in the back court at the next level. The 6-foot-4 Lamb led all scorers during Kentucky’s victory over Kansas in the national title game with 22 points.
On another note, Rick Majerus knocks MKG a bit and says that Bradley Beal could be better:
“The guy I would take second would be Beal,” Saint Louis head coach Rick Majerus told me last week. “Don’t forget when Ray Allen was taken by the Bucks in 1996, it came down to he and Stephon Marbury. Marbury had some kind of pizazz and that New York City legend about himself, but Allen had that classic consistency of being a good jump shooter. In this day and age, the three ball to stretch the defense is key. He can have an outstanding middle game if he develops the shot fake. I think he’s more of a viable weapon in the NBA than someone like Kidd-Gilchrist is.”
The Ray Allen comparison isn’t the worst I’ve ever seen, but MKG is special. It’s good to see people asking Rick Majerus’ opinion on the NBA, though. Usually people just call to ask him about Taco Bell burrito reviews and what its like to continually lose to UK.
I’d grab MKG at #2, but I’ll be happy to see him land with Wall and the Wizards at #3.
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