Heading into training camp and the season, much talk is about the role and play of Jeremy Lamb. Can he fill the void and loss of Kevin Martin? Can he come in off the bench and give the Thunder five to ten points a game? Can he be that guy to gel with Reggie Jackson?
Signs of yes to all of those questions were answered this summer in the Orlando summer league where Lamb led the team in scoring. However, the summer league can’t really answer those questions. Lamb has to find his role this year and take advantage of the opportunity given. With the scoring of number 23 in Martin gone, Oklahoma City is in need for a guy like Lamb. The second year player can flat out score the ball, stroke it from deep, and use his length and athleticism on the defensive end.
Scott Brooks will have to find a way to incorporate Lamb fast into the scheme of things. Here’s what he had to say on media day about the matter (via dailythunder.com):
Brooks on Jeremy Lamb: “We’re excited about Jeremy and what he brings to our team. He’s a terrific scorer. He can make shots. My job is to find areas on the floor he can continue to feel comfortable. This is only his second year. He’s only 20 years old. He has a lot of areas he’s going to improve the next six or seven years. We’re excited about having him. But my job is also to find who is best for us on the floor and the good thing about all our players is that they understand it’s earned minutes.”
As Brooks stated, Lamb is only 20-years-old and has only spent one year in the league-in which he spent majority of his time in Tulsa. Brooks knows that it is a lot to ask a guy like Lamb to fill a void left by Martin.
In terms of Lamb’s mindset for the season, he had to say this (via dailythunder.com).
Lamb: “I’m going to try and fill the role of whatever coach wants me to be. Not necessarily I’m going to try and be this guy, or be that guy. I’m just going to try and help the team win … I’m not really thinking about gotta be like him, or gotta be like that. I’m just working hard and everything will work out.”
The former UConn standout has his head in the right place. Only time will tell if the 20-year-old can be that guy Thunder fans are looking for him to be.