Their names stayed on the board a bit longer than expected, but Andre Drummond and Jeremy Lamb both found NBA homes. In doing so, they the third UConn tandem to be selected in the lottery. Emeka Okafor and Ben Gordon went No. 2 and 3 in 2004, while Rudy Gay and Hilton Armstrong were chosen No. 8 and No. 12 in 2006.
Gay has turned into one of the best wings in the league. Okafor and Gordon have both enjoyed productive careers. Armstrong, well, not so much.
Here’s how Drummond and Lamb fit with their new teams:
Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons
Other players at position: Greg Monroe, Charlie Villanueva, Ben Wallace, Jason Maxiell
The outlook: Not the worst landing spot for Drummond. Greg Monroe (15.4 points, 9.7) is a face-up big man with the ability to pass and shoot the ball from the perimeter. Drummond is the polar opposite. He’ll be counted on to block shots and, eventually, provide a low-post presence. And those concerns about effort? I think Ben Wallace will help Drummond through that.
Jeremy Lamb, Houston Rockets
Other players at position: Kevin Martin
The outlook: Lamb couldn’t have found a better home. The Rockets have been stockpiling power forwards for years and they decided to stockpile picks in this draft (after trading Chase Budinger, they held Nos. 12, 16 and 18). After taking Lamb with their first selection, they went with two more big guys — Royce White of Iowa State and Terrence Jones of Kentucky. Houston’s roster as of today: Martin, Lamb at the wings; Kyle Lowry at the point and some combination of White, Jones, Chandler Parsons, Luis Scola, Marcus Morris, Patrick Patterson and Greg Smith up front. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Houston make a trade in the next few weeks. If they don’t, though, Lamb is in line for some solid minutes as a rookie.