Despite the increasing likelihood that there won’t be a 2011-12 NBA season, the draft experts are taking no time off projecting next years NBA draft. It’s almost a given at this point that it will be another Kentucky laden night, with the surefire lottery picks in Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones and the draftability of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. But those players aren’t the only ones with draft potential. Doron Lamb will likely play a huge role in the offense next year and if he can produce on both ends of the court, he could also end up working his way into the lottery – at least NBAdraft.net thinks so.
Here’s why they believe Lamb is a 2012 draft sleeper:
Doron Lamb — A key piece of Kentucky’s impressive recruiting class from a season ago, Doron Lamb played a big part in the Wildcats’ run to the final four. The sharp-shooting guard is a model of efficiency, shooting 49.7% from the field and 48.6% from behind the arc. Though he’s usually spotting-up and playing off of his teammates, his ball-handling ability is adequate and he can finish well in transition. Lamb will fit in well with sophomore Terrence Jones and in the incoming freshman class consisting of Marquis Teague, Michael Gilchrist, Kyle Wiltjer and Anthony Davis. Lamb is a big-time scorer from a big-time program and he could be in lottery discussions next season.
D Lamb will no doubt be one of the better performing 2-guards in the league next year, if not simply due to the open looks the other serious threats around him will provide. With that, it’s pretty well understood that Lamb, more than most, has his eyes set on the NBA. Unfortunately the two guard in the NBA is one of the toughest spots to be really good but not great at and succeed. If Lamb wants to make that jump, he will have to be great. That means keeping his stellar shooting percentages around the same, bulking up a bit to handle bigger guards, and finding reasons for Calipari to keep him on the court (read: defense.) The biggest thing working against D Lamb is his size, but he is a little bit bigger than a Ben Gordon, so if he can convince GM’s of his staying power, Lamb might just be a sleeper for the 2012 lottery.
Of course, Ben Gordon also won a championship, so maybe that should be a point of emphasis too.