Jan 6, 2013; Toronto, ON, Canada; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) talks to forward Serge Ibaka (9) and guard Reggie Jackson (15) against the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre. The Thunder beat the Raptors 104-92. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

David Thorpe says OKC Thunder 4th best in Western Conference

David Thorpe is a hater! He didn’t say only nice things about the Thunder! Just kidding and as always, Thorpe had interesting things to say.

First off, Thorpe picked the Thunder to win the West last year because he loves Kevin Martin. So it should be no surprise that the Thunder losing Martin and gaining nothing really will have Thorpe down on OKC.

But fourth in the West? Come on, that’s a little low. Not saying it isn’t possible but while the Thunder may seem to be taking a step back, what team is really looking like one that will be better than them?

Thorpe says he doesn’t believe Jeremy Lamb is ready yet to step into Martin’s shoes. This makes total sense since Lamb hardly played last year.

I remember Thorpe breaking down Lamb right after the 2012 NBA Draft. He raved about his ability to come off screens and his midrange game and scoring ability. But he said Lamb wouldn’t necessarily be a good pick-and-roll player, something the Thunder do as much as any team in the league.

Lamb has looked impressive even in the pick-and-roll in his D-League highlights and appears to have the ability to be a big time player in the league.

I would like it if the Thunder don’t use Lamb as the pick-and-roll ball handler much, and I don’t think they will. If they instead try and use him off the ball, and with Kevin Durant as well, it will make the Thunder’s offense less predictable.

Once again, it feels like all of the pressure is on Lamb to produce next season. Let’s just hope Scott Brooks gives him the chance to.

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  • Kevin Craig

    I agree with Thorpe in part regarding his assessment of the Thunder. Agreed they won’t win the West because they didn’t do anything to enhance their front court. Furthermore, Lamb lacks the consistency on defense and confidence to be ready as a sixth man or go to guy to provide points off the bench. Most of all, this season may expose Thunder management for personnel failures and prompt focus on Scott Brooks’ coaching short comings.

  • Vitor Hugo

    We can’t forget Reggie Jackson, the guy is a great player, in the absence of Westbrook really helped the team and the NBA Summer League despite being well below the NBA, he managed to make 23 points in the fourth quarter leading the Thunder to victory and being the player who scored the most points in Summer League (35). In my opinion the talent of Jackson along with the Lamb, can take that void left by James Harden and the OKC lead to the finals.