As I researched and reported on the Jeremy Lamb story we had in Friday’s paper (click here for the online version), I ran across a pretty informative video for Thunder fans trying to get a better grasp on the slender, sleepy-eyed scorer about to be thrust into their basketball-watching lives.
It’s from the days leading up to the 2012 NBA Draft (via Draft Express, shown above) and provides a great scouting report on Lamb, his silky smooth offensive game and what he needed — and probably still needs — to work on defensively.
Mixed into the highlights is an interview with Lamb’s former college coach, Jim Calhoun, which provides a great and unique perspective.
It’s a good watch and listen, but if you don’t have seven-plus minutes to spare, here are some key Calhoun quotes on Lamb transcribed below. A reminder, these comments are from 2012:
-”One thing Jeremy could do, he could step into the Celtics game tonight for example, and he could make baskets. If (Rajon) Rondo split a double and they kicked it out to him, he could make baskets. There’s no doubt he’ll be a double-figure scorer in the NBA.”
-”He can shoot, he’ll be great coming off screens. We set a lot of the same kind of screens, like we did for Ray and Ben Gordon coming off screens.”
-”He’s got better stopping and pulling up for the jump shot, he’s got the floater. So he’s going to score points, he averaged almost 18 a game for us here. Two years ago he shot 58 percent from the field during our six-game national championship run. He can light it up.”
-”He can shoot from true distance and I mean real distance, from 25 feet comfortably. He takes shooting the basketball very seriously. That’s something every team has to have.”
-”He’s long, he’s got almost a seven-foot reach. He’s 6-6, a deceptively good really good athlete. If he gets some muscle on him, he’s going to be a weapon for someone.”
-”He’s gotta gain strength. He’s particularly got to get better getting over screens on defense. He can use his length, which he started to do better. We put him on shooters and he plays shooters very well because he’s long. But he’s gotta get strength, strength for a lot of different things, to get over screens to score and to get over screens defensively.”