NBA Rookie Draft Ranking and Fantasy Outlook: Jeremy Lamb

 

The Houston Rockets selected  shooting guard Jeremy Lamb with the twelfth pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Lamb’s career stats at Connecticut:

75 Games, 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.0 steals, 48.1 FG%, 80.5 FT%

Fantasy Advice:  The Rockets recently traded Chase Budinger and the only real threat at small forward is Chandler Parsons.   While Lamb is probably more of a shooting guard type player, if he can adjust quickly he should be able to carve out some nice minutes in a platoon with Parsons, much like Budinger did last season.  He’s 6’5, but he’s got a 6’11 wingspan which should help him if the Rockets decide to give him some run at small forward in a small lineup.  It’s really his only hope of getting solid minutes since the Rockets still have Kevin Martin full time at shooting guard.

Lamb is a great offensive threat with an excellent shot.  He managed to hit 60% of his two point shots last season.  He’s got a good three point shot too and he can stroke it from well outside the three point line, but he’s going to have to keep working on it to develop into elite status.  He attempted 6.2 threes per game last season, but only hit them at a 33.6% rate.  He’s a solid career free throw shooter at 80.5%.

As we get further down the list of the players drafted in 2012, it gets much more difficult to make early fantasy predictions.  It does appear that Houston is going with youth, so anything is possible for Lamb this season.  Keep an eye on summer league and training camp to get a feel for his role.