We now move to the shooting guard prospects, and at the top of the board, the 2012 class offers a pair of polished deep threats: Bradley Beal and Jeremy Lamb, who do you go for?

Bradley Beal (#10 DraftExpress, #9 NBADraft.net)

A somewhat undersized shooting guard prospect at 6’4-6’4 ½, this 18-year-old Florida freshman makes up for his lack of height with a 6’7 wingspan and a physically mature frame. He is an exceptional shooter coming off screens or spotting up and boasts superior mechanics and a silky smooth stroke. He is an above average defender at the college level, and projects as a positive contributor at the defensive end when he reaches the NBA. Far from a chucker, Beal uses good passing skills and unselfishness to involve his teammates and expose opposing defenses. Despite his excellent shooting ability, Beal struggles at creating his own shot, with a combination of below average dribbling ability and less-than-explosive first step, rendering him something less than a complete offensive threat. Perhaps because of his small stature, he is also prone to avoiding an attack to the basket when the option is available, opting instead to stay within his comfort-zone of shooting mid-range and outside jumpers. His unique skillset leads some to label him as a combo guard, which could be considered as a negative. Shooting ability is always an asset in the pro game, and Beal has the tools to provide for any NBA team.

Best Case: Ray Allen meets Richard Hamilton

Worst Case: Defensively sound Jordan Crawford

Jeremy Lamb (#12 DraftExpress, #5 NBADraft.net)

Standing 6’5 with a reported wingspan of 7’1, Jeremy Lamb is Chad Ford’s wet dream. The 19-year-old UConn sophomore is a solid athlete with distinctive physical tools and a well-rounded game. With the possible exception of his shooting ability, Lamb doesn’t excel at any one particular aspect of the game; rather he is average to good at everything. What has scouts excited, and the reason some believe he could be one of the best players in the draft, is his potential. A diligent worker who comes from a basketball family, Lamb has every chance to become an elite player at the next level if he manages to put it all together. By far his biggest weakness is a lack of strength and physical prowess, which negatively affects almost all aspects of his game and could prevent him from reaching his considerably high ceiling. Also, while a competent ball handler, he lacks the dribbling ability to be a true threat to attack the basket or get by his defender with ease. Potential has always intrigued teams in the draft, with plenty of success stories (Al Jefferson) and a slew of busts (Darko Milicic).

Best Case: Physically gifted Reggie Miller

Worst Case: 6’5 Nicolas Batum without the motor

  • WJF

    Tough call on these two, I like Lamb’s frame much more and think he can add strength to it, Beal seems like the better shooter. I am really on the fence with this one. 

    • howlonghowlong

      I really like watching Beal play, I prefer him to lamb.  The only advantage lamb has is that he has a more well-rounded and mature game but I think that’s a function of experience.  I hope we don’t fall to the 8-12 spot, but if we do, then Beal would be my pick.  That said, neither are Allstar caliber in my non-professional opinion.

  • Nilanka15

    I would lean towards Beal, but his lack of height is a bit of a concern.

    Regardless, if either of these guys are picked, does that spell the end of DeRozan in Toronto?  IMO, it’s not wise to have two SG “projects” in your 9-10 man rotation.

    • sleepz

      Big concerns. Can he guard the 2? He’s not beastly like Wade but is the same height. 2 guards will attempt to shoot over him and attack him on the blocks.

      It would be Derozan times to move to the 3 as both have range and only need a competent pg to set them up (Lamb’s range is insane), whereas Demar is still finding his niche. 

    • fk

       He can play point. Just hasn’t been given oppurtunity. I’d take my chances on Beal Derozan than beal bayless. The latter sounds horrible.

    • Lorenzo

       I’ve always thought of DeMar as more of a 3 really, you can’t be considered a shooting guard if you can’t… shoot…

      He has more of a slasher game IMO (even though he’s known to insist on avoiding contact) and he would fit better at the 3 spot if any of these guys were to be drafted.

      • Theswirsky

        Derozan is undoubtedly better suited to play SF… unfortunately just not a very good one

    • Juan

      Either one of these guys have a much higher ceiling than DeRozan, and they’ll actually reach it.

      • Destro

        No they dont,higher than DeRozan had coming out of SC ? NOOOPE…DeRozan has sucked most of this year but coming INTO this year his ceiling was 20 PPG/5 rebs and all star potential….neither one of those guys has that….which is why they project to be mid 1st rounders….

  • j bean

    Some serious negatives for both of them. 

  • Bat97e

    Beal is the easy choice here.  Any lack of height, i more than compensated for by his strength and size.  Plus I would respectful disagree that he can’t create is own shot.  his handles are quite good, and he does have a good first step.

    I would take him, and see where he and DD progress.  To me, it would either be him, Davis or MKG.  

    I was all in on Barnes, but his game scares me…and I don’t think we need a big right now.

    • sleepz

      Easy choice? Based on what?

      How can a lack of height be compensated for by his size?

      Dudes not that big or strong.

      • CJT

        Ya, I like how he just said he can dribble and does have a good first step compared to the article which seems to say the opposite.  Opinions I know, but 180 degrees seems a bit dramatic.

  • CalgaryRapsFan

    I’ve watched a few Florida games recently and was impressed with Beal’s handles and vision.  If he wasn’t playing on such a guard-centric team, I wonder if he might get more opportunity to actually run the point?  Given his below average size (for a SG), his good handles, his great floor vision and ability to knock down the 3 pointer, I wonder if there’s any chance of him being able to make the transition to PG?

    I worry that Lamb is one of those good-but-not-great players who oozes potential and winds up getting trade many times throughout his career, as teams hope to finally tap that potential that previous teams haven’t been able to do.

    • Mantcore13

      If Garry Forbes can play PG, I think Beal is at least not worse handler than Forbes and have much better vision :)

      • Brian B

         Forbes can’t play point guard. Don’t confuse the current Raptors with an NBA team, please.

    • Nilanka15

      I was wondering the same thing about Beal’s PG capabilities.  Hope Florida makes a deep run so we can continue to gauge this kid’s abilities…

  • Darien

    Some people have been kicking around the idea of Beal being taught to be a PG. Not sure if it is doable, but it is an intriguing possibility. No sense having two SG prospects on the same team…

  • Bendit

    My hope for our pick is that above all he is a finisher and can create his shot. As a team we lack this with Bayless arguably our best currently. Lamb does not excite me and with Beal’s defense he would be my pick from the given choices. Are we getting finisher/go to type? Not sure…but he shows signs. 

    • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

      Sounds like you’re describing Tony Black Steel Wroten Jr to me…plus he has the tools to be a top notch defender in the NBA.

      • Nilanka15

        How does a PG shoot under 60% from the FT line?

        • sleepz

          Rondo does.

          • Nilanka15

            You can put up with the poor FT% if one averages double-digit assists. 

            Wroten on the other hand, averages 4 apg.

            • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

              That’s because Abdul Gaddy is running the point for 30 plus minutes a game for the UW.

              Instead of using self serving stats use your eyes and watch the kid play- I have all year long.

              • sleepz

                Wroten has the vision of a 1 but there is a reason coach Romar is playing Gaddy at the 1 no?

                Not sure TWJ was ready to direct the offence as he is kind of like Tyreke in that he can get his shot anytime he wants and has a scorers mentality

                • CJT

                  Plus the last time I checked he had almost a one more turnover per game than assists.  Not too good.

                • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

                  Watch the games or reamin mentally lame- Lin has high to’s as does JWall

                • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

                  Gaddy is a junior was the #2 pg behind JWall in his HS class knows Romar’s system.

        • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

          Shoots higher than 60% FT buddy….. try again.

          • Nilanka15

            Actually, no he doesn’t.

  • bobbydigital

    eric gordon or kevin martin

  • Statement

    Beal sounds like he would be more of a positive contributor than Derozan at this point.

    I haven’t seen Jeremy Lamb play but I’m not found of drafting raw athletes.  As a Raptors fan, I have been burned too many times by the word “potential”.

  • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

    Terrence ‘NASA’ Ross 6’6 of the University of Washington is better than both of them.

    His silky smooove offensive game is both a combination of sweet stroking long to mid range Js mixed with rim rattling dunks plus he crashes the boards skying above much bigger players for rebounds on a consistent basis.

    TRoss’ teammate- Tony ‘Black Steel’ Wroten Jr, is the guy for the Raptors imo.

    1. TRoss
    2. Lamb
    3. Beal

    • WJF

      SO a team with all this top level talent can’t eve make the NCAA tournament, but they will turnaround an NBA franchise?

      • Nilanka15

        I don’t think we can make any correlation between an individual player’s college team’s performance and his future NBA team’s performance.

        Kemba Walker’s past 2 years is a prime example of the inaccuracy.

      • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

        The UW won the PAC12 regular season title.

        Who said turn around a franchise?

         They can be a piece not a Franchise player- get a clue Sherlock.lol smh

    • sleepz

      Lamb is as good an athlete as Ross (who’s game I do respect) and none of the sg prospects have the range of Lamb as he has legit NBA 3 point range and beyond.

      When he fills out and has a proper pg getting him the rock, it will be lights out.

      • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

        See that’s the problem I have watched all these kids play and not going by media reports- TRoss has legit NBA 3pt range & beyond.

        • sleepz

          I have watched Ross play myself. Maybe not as often as you but I can’t say from what I’ve seen that his range is comparable to Lamb’s, however I do think that athletically Ross might be at the top of the list.

    • CJT

      You should become this guys agent.  Or his prison sissy.

  • voy

    i dont even think its close.  Lamb is quite a bit ahead of Beals, in my mind.  Perimeter players without above average handles are a tricky proposition.  If you are gonna play the 2 you need to be able to take your man off the dribble. 

    besides, you can’t have dd on your team and beal (2 high pick first rounders at the sg position who cant dribble).  if you go with beal and ship dd off you need to find another sg who can log in at least 25-30 minutes a game. 

    • sleepz

      +1

  • FAQ

    BC will be searching internationally for a developed PG … like Rubio.  Picking any of these two is like getting high school kids an expecting them to perform.  There is no “development” time for PG in the NBA.

    • Nilanka15

      This discussion is about shootings guards….

  • Lambda

    Just draft Sullinger or Robinson and flip them for a good SG. We don’t need to waste our time here trying to find the next Jordan Crawford.

    • voy

      I dont think you get a good shooting guard for either Sullinger or Robinson.  Not until they prove themselves anyway.  Sullinger was done himself a huge favour by getting in better shape this year.  However, I think Robinson has the best chance of being a lottery pick bust, in my opinion.

      • Lambda

        Another option is that we can trade the pick itself (which is worth slightly more) plus some cash or maybe a 2nd rounder.

    • CJT

      Be fair, the idea of having Beal play the point was brought up several times above.  BTW why would be want to try and switch a SG to a PG aren’t we already doing that with JB?

      • Lambda

        ?????????

        • CJT

          sorry meant to reply to Nilanka

          • Nilanka15

            Beal apparently has court vision.  Bayless does not.

  • TheR3dMenace

    If our draft position slips and neither of the two top SFs are available, My favourite player in the draft for the raps is Beal.  Stacking assets at each position is very trendy ATM amongst GMS (Denver, Utah, Minn) and I could see BC taking Beal

    • O D

      Derozen “no trends needed”

  • sleepz

    I’ve been biggin up Lamb for a while and while I do think he needs to be more intense on every possession, I think he is by far the best 2 guard prospect in this draft. What NBA skill does these 2 guards have right now and can they guard the position?

    Lamb is an excellent shooter. He can get in passing lanes, and his handles I would rate as above average now, particularly because you can’t back off of him as he just pulls up and drains shots in your eye.  A coach like Casey could do wonders with this kid. Give him the shots that Demar gets and see what happens.

  • DC

    Beal = dwade 2.0. They were saying the same things about him when he came out. Too small, slow off the dribble blah blah blah. 

    • sleepz

      D.Wade 2.0? Beal hasn’t had any of the college success that D. Wade had at Marquette.

      Beal is not a beast like Wade and to say he’s a better version of him?

      The jury is definetly out on that one hombre.

      • DC

        I didn’t say he was better then him. I just said that when Dwade came out they said many of the same things such as being to small, unreliable ballhandler and slow first step. You see how that worked out. 

        • voy

          please, there is no comparison with what people were saying about wade coming out vs what people are saying about beal.  respectfully, this is similar to the same nonsense that lead people to think dd was the next kobe.  everyone knew wade was special.  the jury is still out if beal can even dribble.

  • Brian B

    Not sure if I’ve seen beal. If so, not much. Lamb under-impressed in the games I saw. I don’t really see either as an improvement over DD (and, given my concerns about DD, that says a lot. If I had to pick, Lamb for size. Bayless is enough undersized 2 guard sold as a combo guard for me. 

    • Bendit

      Beal is #23 on Florida

  • Triano?

    Lamb takes “sleepy eyes” to another level.  And his play mirrors his look…

    • Lorenzo

      Congratulations on staying irrelevant

  • Lorenzo

    I am a really big fan of Beal and his game, but I’d go with Lamb.

  • http://twitter.com/DanSports Dan Levine

    I’ve talked up Lamb for a long time but honestly, he’s been the most disappointing “big game” college player I’ve seen this year. In UConn’s conference tourney loss and March Madness loss, he completely disappeared. Looked scared to ask for the ball at every big moment and let his PG (Shabazz Napier) make every play. 

    Who knows, maybe he’s clutch, but he’s too scared to take the shot and prove it.. so how would anybody know. I went from being excited to see him play (the reason I watched both those games), to coming away VERY disappointed.

    • sleepz

       Thats par for the course based on How UConn played this year. Under .500 in the Big East. Teams were able to close out and deny as that team was disorganized. Where was Drummond? That Iwst St. loss was expected.

  • Barbie

    Lamb has down. Guy has got insane ceiling.

  • Draftstar

    How could you guys be so wrong. They said Wade had a first step from God – as in the big guy God!!! Their main concern with Wade, was his shooting. When looking to draft a player the first thing you should look for is shooting. I sincerely hope for the Raptors sake that they draft the best shooter available – especially in the last few minutes of games. The next thing they should look for is quick hands and feet – the speed of NBA players is unreal!!! They draft poorly not because they can’t assess players but because they are looking for the wrong things. They got to ignore the fan base and start asking the right questions???? I think Casey can help!!!

    • Draftstar

      Have to add that, despite the experts, Miami was certain that he would become a very good shooter. They were hoping we took Bosh.

  • Lonny

    Beal is Shawn Respert 2.0

  • RaptorFan

    this forum shows no love for bayless……arguably our best player this month!!…..averaging 28.5 ppg and 8.5 ppg in the last two starts…… shooting over 50% in the whole month of March…..Wake up!!  We have a good young guard who’s learning to play the point….what is wrong with raptor fans when we cant appreciate a 23 year old who plays harder than anyone else on this awful team!

  • RaptorFan

    sorry 7.5 assists* not 8.5 ppg

  • Phat AlberG

    Draft Lamb sign Ray Allen to teach him to be a winner 

    • Phat AlberG

      But you can’t go wrong with either guy

  • Destro

    Beal or Lamb aint going high enough to be picked where Raps pick…so its a moot convo…