A lot of people are wrong thinking Lamb's offense will be what determines if he makes this opportunity stick. They know his pedigree, work ethic, and history to know that he can hit an open three at a reasonable rate, especially when it is his job to do that with excellent coaching staff.Spot on with the Blakely and Warney comment. If you can’t consistently score outside 10 feet, you better be 7 feet tall. And even then, you better be pretty athletic.
Frankly I’ve already been proven wrong on this one. I did not think Lamb’s skill set would translate even to this extent. Mostly because of lack of consistency shooting the three and the level of athleticism required. His defensive technique has always been very good though, which makes up for a lot on that end.
What will determine whether he makes this opportunity stick will be whether he can successfully guard the 1-5 at this level. If you watched the first two games, Lamb matched up and guarded almost every player on the opposing teams. He did a damn good job. Why do you think PJ Tucker at 6'5 has any value? Its not cause averages 4 ppg, 4 rpg and shoot 30% from three. It cause he is a smart player that can guard the 1-5. To a lesser extent Rondae Hollis Jefferson, Iggy (today), Battier (at the very end), Semi Ojeleye are all valuable players. Its not because they help offensively. But, on D, they can guard the other sides best player, no matter the position, and aren't a liability on offense.
Does Lamb stick? Who knows? The last game didn't look good. Sure he was lucky - there are a lot of other talented kids out there. But, don't pretend he didn't work for this and earn it. He out hustled everyone in the G-league once he finally got one opportunity. He will miss shots, but rarely will a coach ever have to worry about him getting out hustled or making a stupid defensive play to give up easy baskets. That is the hard part at this level - they can teach most people to shoot an open 3 decently.