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Basketball Prospectus ranks Lamb 43rd best player in America


The folks over at the Basketball Prospectus are killing a little time this summer by counting down the top 100 players in college basketball. Yesterday they released numbers 36-50, with Kentucky’s Doron Lamb landing in the middle of the latest list at #43. After doing some rambling about nonsense, here’s the actual analysis of Lamb from BP:

It’s tough to pick out which kid is consistently making threes because you’re judging them off five or six shots a game. Lamb was sometimes considered streaky or worse from beyond the arc in high school, but he was only two makes from hitting 50 percent of his 140 three-point attempts in 2011. A role expansion would normally be in order, but Marquis Teague, Terrence Jones, and Anthony Davis will probably leave Lamb the Wildcats’ fourth offensive option. He’ll just be the best one of those in the country.

This is fair with regards to his three-point shooting, but to cast him as solely an outside shooter because he did that so successfully last season ignores what Lamb really is, which is a scorer. He can put up points in a variety of ways, so even though on paper he might be the Cats’ fourth option, it would surprise me quite a bit if Lamb doesn’t end up higher than the fourth-leading scorer on the team. Of course, the fact that it’s even possible to discuss someone as good as Lamb being the fourth option on a team is just another demonstration of how ridiculously talented Kentucky’s roster is, but you already knew that.

Marquis Teague had already been ranked #62 in an earlier section of the list, with Basketball Prospectus saying this about the frosh point guard:

With Brandon Knight off to the NBA, Teague should take the ball from day one at UK. He’s an incredible slasher with great speed and athleticism. Teague’s not a real shooting threat and his decision-making has been questioned, but he seems like such a can’t-miss scorer that I still feel comfortable putting him this high.

Teague ranks ahead of some pretty good point guards on the list, most notably North Carolina’s Kendall Marshall (#70), who is probably just happy DeAndre Liggins went to the NBA and can’t torture him anymore. The remaining 35 spots should be full of Wildcats as Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist have yet to make an appearance but surely will, meaning that this is yet another way to illustrate that Kentucky will be nasty this season. I know you were looking for one.

Article written by Hunter Campbell

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18 Comments for Basketball Prospectus ranks Lamb 43rd best player in America

  1. KYJoe
    8:05 pm July 15, 2011 Permalink

    Teague might not avg. 10 pts a game … he is going to have so many options to distribute to

  2. CATastrophe
    8:14 pm July 15, 2011 Permalink

    Teague is gonna have Rondo-ish stats, I believe.

  3. CATastrophe
    8:14 pm July 15, 2011 Permalink

    NBA Rondo-ish stats, I should say.

  4. gillie
    8:18 pm July 15, 2011 Permalink

    Teague wont score a bunch if he wants to win, because he needs to get to the hole and distrubute to the others. And I think he will.

  5. Jaso
    8:29 pm July 15, 2011 Permalink


  6. SexnNursinHomes
    8:29 pm July 15, 2011 Permalink

    Laughable. 43? bullshit

  7. SexnNursinHomes
    8:44 pm July 15, 2011 Permalink

    7- can i drink your blood? please.

  8. Gossie21
    9:31 pm July 15, 2011 Permalink

    UofL fans must be super excited. Siva hasn’t been listed yet. That can only mean that he, Dieng, and Blackshear are all in the top 35.

  9. Catfan
    10:38 pm July 15, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t get me wrong, I am aware how talented the other players on our team are, but lamb is our best scorer. Even better than jones. If jones was more consistent, then I would say he is our best, but he’s not. Lamb is sooooooooo under rated it’s not funny

  10. Francis the Talking Mule
    10:53 pm July 15, 2011 Permalink

    90) Couldn`t agree more. The most under rated player of the Cal/UK era!

  11. Hud
    11:06 pm July 15, 2011 Permalink

    Lamb is going to slaughter ULand the SEC.

  12. BowelMovement
    11:21 pm July 15, 2011 Permalink

    Imagine how much higher he would be ranked if his eyes wern’t crossed.

  13. Catlanta
    11:46 pm July 15, 2011 Permalink

    kid will be a top 20 pick next year.

  14. Coach Cal
    12:00 am July 16, 2011 Permalink

    the last 4 years my point guards have been atleast one of the top 25 players in the nation…but Teague is going to be 68? child please.

  15. Coach Cal
    12:01 am July 16, 2011 Permalink


  16. mudcreekmark
    10:24 am July 16, 2011 Permalink

    Draft projections have Lamb and Teague going in the first round, so I guess the experts are pretty stupid according to this guy. If Jones don’t hog all the shots, Lamb will lead this team in scoring.

  17. BCO
    12:07 pm July 16, 2011 Permalink

    See Lamb in my opinion should be the first or second scoring option at least. Maybe put Davis in front of him…Or maybe Jones. But weve seen how Lamb can score. Like in UConn game…Lamb gets more touches in that game, I think we win. Like Cal said, the kid gets buckets. He needs to be option 1 IMO.

  18. cats
    3:38 pm July 16, 2011 Permalink

    Why doesn’t anyone ever talk about the floater that Lamb has got? He may not be Tony Parker but it’s another weapon for sure.