|2012 NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: UConn SG Jeremy Lamb||06.17.12 at 4:09 pm ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2012 NBA draft, we are profiling all players considered likely candidates to be drafted June 28. The Celtics own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins trade) and 51.
Position: Shooting guard
Weight: 180 pounds
Achievements: 2012 All-America honorable mention (AP), 2012 All-Big East first team
Key 2011-12 stats: 17.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 37.2 minutes
What he brings: Lamb is a well-rounded shooting guard who stands out as one of this draft’s options at the position along with Bradley Beal of Florida and Austin Rivers of Duke.
While Lamb is a good scorer thanks to his ability to hit pull-up jump shots, he is even better on the defensive end and plays well off the ball. Lamb is noted for his freakish 7-foot wingspan on his 6-foot-5 body, which adds to his already good size at the shooting guard position. Lamb is also a smart player who doesn’t make too many mental mistakes and gets good positioning on both ends of the court.
Lamb, who played two seasons at UConn, has been compared to players like Richard Hamilton or Kevin Martin leading up to the draft. He has the ability to be a good complementary starting scoring option for a team, but more importantly a great defender who can help lock down the opposition’s top scorers.
Where the Celtics could get him: Most projections have Lamb going somewhere between picks 7-13, which is currently out of the Celtics range. If the Celtics want Lamb, they will have to trade up and might have to package both of their first-round picks in the deal.
Notes: Lamb was a key part of UConn’s national championship run in 2011 as a freshman, when he played a key role as a complementary scoring option to current Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker. … Lamb, who grew up in Georgia, competed with Team USA at the U-19 FIBA World Championships, leading the team with 16.2 points per game and 18 steals in nine games. … Lamb’s father, Rolando Lamb, played basketball at Virginia Commonwealth. In the opening round of the 1984 NCAA tournament, Rolando hit a game-winning shot at the buzzer to defeat Northeastern (led by now-UConn coach Jim Calhoun).
Video: Here’s a highlight mix of Lamb.