In our first draft prospect preview, we will take a look at Jeremy Lamb. The shooting guard from UCONN is a very intriguing prospect. He’s 6’5” and reportedly weighs 185 pounds. Of course measurable are meaningless until they are recorded at the combine. A sophomore, Lamb is a quick guard who can play on both ends of the floor. He is a very explosive athlete and has great leaping and running ability. His ability to get up the floor quickly could make him very valuable. The Cavs like to get into fast break opportunities when they can. And the idea of having him running down the court with Irving and Casspi is very intriguing.
Lamb is a great jump shooter. He can take a jump shot from anywhere on the court with accuracy. He can also move well without the basketball, which is something the Cavs will like. He has the passing skills that you would like to see in a shooting guard and can handle the ball quite well. Lamb is a good defender and can guard both guards, as well as small forwards. He also has great leadership qualities and is said to have great work ethic and high basketball IQ.
For Lamb to be a good NBA player, he must address his serious weakness. For his good size, he is not very strong. So far this season, he has done a better job driving to the basket. Many were concerned about his ability to drive to the basket. Never the less, Lamb could stand to bulk up more so he can attack the rim against larger and stronger NBA players. More strength could also keep him from losing one-on-one matchups with stronger shooting guards. He will need to bulk up to be successful at the next level. Thankfully, as mentioned before, he reportedly has great work ethic. He should be able to add strength before being drafted, which should improve his draft stock as well as his chances to be successful in the NBA.
Now why does he make sense for the Cavaliers? The Cavs need a long term answer at shooting guard. And Lamb could prove to be that answer. He has most of the skills the Cavs look for. He could be a great compliment to Kyrie Irving. Having two guards who can do it all would make the Cavs better immediately. Others may have Lamb’s teammate Andre Drummond or Kentucky’s Anthony Davis as the number one player on their big boards. But when it comes to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jeremy Lamb is number one on my Cavs draft big board.