The Chicago Bulls are looking at drafting Doron Lamb with their 29th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft
Derrick Rose and Doron Lamb on the same team? Yes please.
From Chicago Now…
While 6’5, Doron is nothing to marvel at athletically. He possesses above average lateral quickness, but needs to improve his defensive positioning. He’s a fundamental defender more so than a disruptive one as he’s rarely beaten but doesn’t disrupt the defense with steals or blocks frequently either. Overall, he shouldn’t become a liability on the floor defensively.
Offensively, Lamb frequently utilizes his above average foot speed to run around screens to set himself up for open three point shots. Vertically, he’s not doing much by NBA standards, but he isn’t relegated only to shooting either. While he may not consistently play above the rim, he is athletic enough to drive and use a floater.
Prior to this year, most people put Doron at 6’4, but recent measurements have shown that he is 6’5. If 6’5, he is average height for a shooting guard and not a liability. While he is not really built, he’s filled out considerably since his freshman year and has shown he can add muscle onto his frame. His wingspan is supposedly only 6’7 which would be small for his height.
There’s certainly questions of whether he can play physical enough to defend the bigger shooting guards in the league or fight through the screens to chase around all of the shooters.
There have been no reported off-court issues for Doron at all. He seems to be a basketball player that knows his limitations and strives to maximize his success. For the most part, Doron seems to an evel-keel type personality, though not so laid-back that he appear indifferent or uncommitted.
Basketball IQ and want it factor
Lamb was the under-rated glue guy of the powerhouse Kentucky squad. Without his consistent shooting and clutch ability, Kentucky would not have won the NCAA title. While sometimes, I question his physicality, he never backs down from competition and shows strong desire to win.
Basketball IQ wise, Doron understands the game solidly. He picks his spots to spot up offensively and when defenders close out he puts the ball on the floor and pulls up for his mid-range shot. He sees the court well. Defensively, while not exceptional, he knows how to position players to the sides to funnel them into help defense and avoid getting burnt. It will be interesting to see how much he flourishes at the next level without Anthony Davis to mask defensive errors and a superteam offensively to lesson the burden on his game.
Coming out of high school, Doron was considered a combo-guard and played that role his freshman year at Kentucky. However, he transitioned into a shooting guard and projects to play that way in the NBA. He lacks the speed to defend PGs or break them down off the dribble. Doron’s strength is shooting while having enough ball handling to attack the basket when guys close out on him.
He’s unlikely to break down defenders off the dribble or display anything in the way of isolation game, but HE makes good decisions off the pick-and-roll/pick-and-pop to either get to quality shots and passes depending on the defensive reaction.
Doron plays within himself, not forcing the issue offensively. He’s also the rare pure shooter who’s not a liability defensively. As a comparison, he similar to Jodie Meeks with a bit more size and ball-handling ability.
One thing to note is the quality of his teammates opened up enough space that his numbers and abilities may be inflated. He will need to learn to develop more off the dribble, get more physical with screens, and develop his mid-range game.
Overall, Doron is a solid player at all phases of the game, but his shooting stands out. He could be left in games late because he can play both sides of the ball while offering the shooting Chicago needs. If players are shadowing him everywhere, he will need to continue to hone his dribble or develop a middle-range game. He can likely play immediately because of his shooting and could develop into a 15 point scorer over the next three years with a versatile offensive repertoire.
How does he fit with the Bulls?
A lot depends on measurements as he has similar traits comparable to Nolan Smith and E’Twaun Moore. However, he is a much more consistent shooter (better long range shooter) than both, and if his measurements are accurate, is two inches taller. Also, if we keep this pick and he and John Jenkins are both around, they are going to be compared to each other. Lamb is not as slow as Jenkins laterally, has solid basketball IQ, can handle the ball a little bit while Jenkins seems to have that shooter mentality from anywhere on the floor, good basketball IQ, greater versatility off screens, and a bit more bulk.
Overall, I like his game a lot for pick 29 and he seems like a Bulls type pick. He will have a career in the NBA for a long-time. However, stating all this, I don’t think he will ever be a tremendous difference maker unless you have two scorers on a team and the Bulls need scorers. If the Bulls trade Korver, then he is a good pick-up as a back-up to Rip. If the Bulls plan to rely on Rose as the only scorer, then I would rather try and trade for a higher potential type player somewhere else. Currently, his game reminds me of a more fluid Danny Green (Spurs) or a Bobby Phils from a while ago.