ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network are ranking every NBA player — and counting them down on Twitter (@NBAonESPN), from number 500 to number 1. As the rankings are announced, you can also find them on ESPN.com. ESPN asked 104 experts to rate each player on a 0-10 scale.
So Jeremy Lamb finds himself in the middle of the pack in ESPN’s Player Rankings at #267. Not bad for a kid who has yet to step foot on an NBA court. The only question i have is, do people really think guys like Daniel Gibson, Tyrus Thomas, Al-Farouq Aminu and James Jones are better? Jeremy Lamb is going to leap within the top 100 in just one season easily.
The Houston Rockets got a steal when they took Lamb with the 12th pick overall in this years draft. Lamb is only 20 years old and could start in the NBA right now and make a major impact for the Rockets. Kevin Martin is still on the roster, and if he doesn’t get traded it could take away major minutes from Lamb. The Rockets also added guard/forward Carlos Delfino. Jeremy already has hurdles to jump over to take over the starting shooting guard spot, but i think by the end of the season it will be his. Hopefully coach McHale doesn’t stunt his growth like he did with Marcus Morris last season. Lamb showed off his great scoring abilities in the Summer League. He has a great jump shot, can drive to the basket with ease and can shoot from downtown as well. He’s a triple threat when it comes to scoring. He also displayed some great defense.
The Rockets are definitely a confusing team to figure out. It looks to be a rebuilding season, but they still have Kevin Martin on the roster and just signed Delfino. These guys can only take away playing time from guys like Jeremy Lamb, Royce White and Terrence Jones. If the Rockets struggle up until the All-Star break i expect them to deal Martin and Delfino. Lamb is the type of rookie that needs to get all the playing time he can get in his first season. The faster this kid develops the faster the Rockets will be relevant again.