Jeremy Lamb, No. 10 (Mock Draft)
New Orleans adds a stinging scorer.
by Maurice Bobb / @ReeseReport
The New Orleans Hornets already brought a major buzz to Bourbon St. with the No. 1 overall pick, Anthony Davis, so picking up another player in the top 10 is like having your cake and eating it, too.
With a franchise big man secured, the team need would have to be a point guard because let’s face it, Greivis Vásquez is not a starting point guard and Jarrett Jack, while serviceable and hard-nosed, isn’t the answer either.
But here’s the rub: My pick for PG, Damian Lillard, is already off the board, and I don’t feel comfortable bumping up another PG to the top just to draft one—even though I feel like Tony Wroten will end up being the steal of this Draft—so, alas, I have to shift my pick from what the team needs to the best player available.
No one knows if the Hornets will be able to hold onto Eric Gordon at the 2-guard, so the best bet would be to pick up another talented scorer. So…
With the 10th pick in the 2012 SLAMonline Mock Draft, the New Orleans Hornets select…
Jeremy Lamb from Connecticut.
You’ll remember that Jeremy Lamb had a breakout year in the 2011 NCAA Tournament playing the very capable second fiddle to Kemba Walker on the way to the National Championship. During his freshman campaign, Lamb put himself on every NBA GM’s radar, but then, well, he lost his sizzle.
During his sophomore season, the 6-5 Lamb moved up to the first option on scoring and, while he averaged a team-high 17.7 ppg, the Huskies took a nosedive like a kamikaze pilot.
There certainly are questions concerning Lamb’s seeming passive demeanor and erratic shot selection, but I still remember the illy in-game baseline dunk he had and his innate scoring acumen.
On the right team, Lamb will excel. He’s built for it. Obviously, he needs to bulk up, but an argument against that would be Kevin Durant. No one is comparing Lamb to Durant, but it is possible to make a mark in the L without being built like Mr. Olympia.
With his 6-11 wingspan, silky smooth quickness and pogo stick jumping ability, Lamb will infuse much-needed youth to the Hornets’ future because make no mistake, they are rebuilding and with Davis and Lamb in the fold, the future is starting to really look bright.
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