Jeremy Lamb has been killing it for the Oklahoma City Thunder D-League affiliate Tulsa 66ers. Lamb is averaging 21.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game which has earned him a spot on the First Team of the All-NBA D-League Showcase.
Lamb was selected 12th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Houston Rockets and acquired by the Thunder as part of the James Harden trade before the start of this season.
Usually, a player selected that high in the NBA Draft gets a chance to prove himself in the NBA as a rookie. Lamb hasn’t really gotten that chance yet as Thunder head coach Scott Brooks has gone with his veteran rotation for most of the season.
Lamb can obviously fill it up which he is proving in the D-League. He is great at coming off down screens, can knock down shots from three or midrange and drive to the rim finishing athletically or with his floater.
It feels like only a matter of time before Lamb gets a shot with the Thunder. We’ve already seen this season Brooks give young players like Reggie Jackson and DeAndre Liggins a chance to prove themselves.
The Thunder could really use an unconscious scorer like Lamb coming off their bench, which has struggled at times this season finding ways to score. Lamb appears to already have the confidence to do so and probably just needs to improve a little defensively before getting an opportunity.
Lamb will likely continue to play a lot in the D-League this season barring some kind of injury or trade made by the Thunder.