One of the big pieces the Oklahoma City Thunder received from the Houston Rockets when they traded James Harden was Jeremy Lamb, who was drafted 12th overall by the Rockets in the 2012 NBA Draft.
Lamb was hardly seen during the regular season wearing a Thunder uniform as he spent most of his time in the D-League playing for the Tulsa 66ers.
Lamb played in 21 games in the D-League and averaged 21.0 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game for the 66ers. He was also named to the D-League Showcase team.
With the Thunder also acquiring Kevin Martin from the Rockets and the emergence of Reggie Jackson and signing of Derek Fisher, Lamb was not needed for the Thunder.
That may change next season as Martin is unlikely to be re-signed by the Thunder and the same goes for Fisher. Lamb says he has been patiently waiting for his time.
“They just told me be patient,” Lamb said, “and my time will come.”
Lamb also said that he embraced his time in the D-League and that it made him a better player.
Lamb clearly showed an ability to score in a variety of ways playing with the 66ers. He has deep three-point range, a reliable floater from midrange and he is long and athletic enough to finish at the rim.
The main reason he wasn’t getting run with OKC this year was his inexperience and that he was playing behind a bunch of veterans. Scott Brooks also demands a certain defensive intensity from all of his players. Lamb has never been known for being a great defender and as a rookie last year, probably didn’t show enough to Brooks on that end of the floor to earn more of a chance.
Lamb should get a chance next season though. He’s been patient enough and if we don’t see him cracking the rotation next season, it will be reason for concern.