Jeremy Lamb career high
Glad to see J-Lamb finally getting some mins in OKC and rewarding them with 18 pts tonight on 7/9 from the field and 3/4 from behind the arc.
I know me and For_Never_Ever copped some criticism when we said we would take Beal and Lamb over Waiters and Ross (this was just after the draft when alot of sheep instantly assumed that Waiters and Ross would be better players just because they were drafted higher!!). I still stand by this claim....
I really think Lamb was a great asset in the Harden trade, and his skill-set fits what they need from a 2-guard perfectly; he is an ideal second-fiddle, not a superstar in waiting, which is perfect for OKC.
I can't wait to see what Lamb can do in the playoffs with more minutes, let's hope he has a Barnes-type breakout in the post-season.
As the year progresses he's only going to get better.
He's playing well. He gets jerked around but has improved in all aspects, maintained his cool and fills a needed role off the bench for the Thunder now and he definitely has starter potential in the future. All that, combined with him being on a cheap contract and the Thunder's small market status make the recent Lamb trade rumors nonsensical.
I don't ever remember people saying that. If my memory is correct, I remember many people being absolutely SHOCKED that the Cavs drafted Dion Waiters so highly, and just as shocked that the Raptors took Ross over Lamb/Drummond. I think it was almost unanimous that Beal was the #1 sg prospect, and probably a top three prospect overall, and many people had Lamb as the #2 sg because of his length and shooting ability. I mean, the Thunder traded JAMES HARDEN for this guy and a pick, obviously people think very highly of him.
With that being said, I live in UConn, and am glad to see Lamb on a contender and playing well. He brought us a National Title, and still has some skill that he hasn't shown. He has a great floater, and can create his shot in so many ways. I would like to see him try to create a little more for himself, but I think him and Reggie are a great one two punch off the bench.
you do know that they traded harden for cap flexibility? Harden was asking too much from OKC (Not that he was not worth it), But OKC needed a 3rd or 2nd option when westbrook has an off night. THey already have westbroook and Durant on the books, so maintaining Harden who clearly was a franchie player would only hurt them in coming up with a good bench players,
Lamb fits perfectly for them, an off the bench sparkplug ready to give energy and scoring, with his lenght he could learn alot from Thabo and Durant
Yes, quite a few of us where shocked when he was drafted that high. The Waiters fan club was small but vocal after he was taken at 4, especially after Chad Ford's comment on Waiters "will be a slightly better version of monta ellis".
From preseason and summer league you could see he had the ability... now he is gaining confidence in himself so his skills can shine. Now he knows his teammates want to him to be aggressive and he has the green light from 3.
Really wish OKC could've kept Harden, but I'm tired of hearing that this was the most lopsided trade in NBA history. There's not a lot of depth at SG. Lamb is showing potential to be a top 5-10 SG. He's not an awesome defender, yet he's already better at D than Harden. Keep being aggressive Jeremy.
Glad to see him produce as a UCONN fan I was a little upset with his Soph season with Drummond and how they played together.The SG position is weak and he has the talent to be really good. I was reading on hoopshype a few days ago about them having him in trade rumors for vetern help. I would keep Lamb he can replace Thabo and stay young with Russ, KD and Ibaka giving them a nice young and experieced core with Adams at the 5 in 2/3 yrs. Plus he is the last piece from the Harden trade and if he goes you really have nothing. As a Raptor fan I wish they drafted him or Drummond coming into the draft, I was shocked with them taking Terrance Ross, #UCONN
I'v always been a big fan of Lamb and even though it hurt to let Harden do it had to be done. They couldn't afford Westbrook, Durant, Ibaka, AND Harden. They got a player that was just an efficient as Harden for what the Thunder needed in Martin last year. With Westbrook and Durant always having the ball in their hand there wasn't a need for Harden. They got Martin for 1 year until Lamb was ready to go and it looks like he is ready to step up to the challenge. He isn't going to be the superstar Harden was, but the Thunder do not need him to be. Lamb has the potential to be an excellent defender and will fill his role perfectly
He's playing well, but I don't agree on the "other teams should've drafted him instead of someone else they actually drafted" part. And that's not just about him, in general people tend to realize a player is better than another drafted before him and think the other team should've drafted him. But it's not just that easy, and Lamb it's one of the best examples. He was not that good when he came out, not even close. His games is improved in leaps and bounds. When he came out of college you could see he had potential, but he was very green (and he's still has to work a lot).
That kind of reasoning is flawed because it doesn't consider at all the work that teams actually do to develop players. Sometimes the difference between a bust and a very good pick lies in the work the team puts on the player. OKC is one of the best teams doing that kind of work. How many young players they've helped reaching their potential in the last years? They also usually do a great job taking advantage of their D-League team, something very few franchises do.
Some players are very good from the very beginning or at least ready to contribute immediately, others are not. Are we sure that Lamb would've been this good in his sophomore year if he was drafted by the Cavs? Also he would've had to live up to bigger expectations being drafted with the fourth pick instead of being a late lottery pick. Not to mention some teams doesn't have patience enough with their young prospects and give up on them after 1 or 2 disappointing seasons. Another great example is Kawhi Leonard. I'm pretty sure that had he been drafted by the Bobcats he would've never been that good. Or Chandler Parsons. The Rockets do a pretty good damn job working on their draft picks, even their secound rounders. They give them unusual long contracts and work on their games. Some other teams don't invest that much in the development of their lottery picks. They just draft them and expect them to be able to contribute immediately. If they don't, they move forward. Parsons wasn't this good at Florida. He had some qualities, the Rockets liked them and gave him the opportunity to fulfil his potential. Many other teams would've drafted him in the second round, signed with a one year deal. Are you ready to contribute? Well, I'm keeping you and giving you another contract. You're not ready? Whatever, I can waive you and pick someone else in the next draft or sign a veteran.
One of the better posts I've seen on here... couldn't agree more.
I really don't remember anybody thinking Ross or Waiters would be better. If I'm not mistaken, most people were shocked that he dropped out of the top-10 and Waiters/Ross were taken before him.
This guy can flat out score, reminds me of Richard Hamilton with his wingspan and his mid-range shot.
The guy dominated the U19 Team USA tournament in 2011, dominated his soph. season in college, dominated the DLeague last season, and he's becoming a very good player faster than I anticipated this season.
To be honest, I've been a HUGE Jeremy Lamb fan and I'm a huge believer in him, I was stoked when the Rockets drafted him, I thought we had our SG for the next 10-12 years. (We still do)
I'm glad to see him succeed, I didn't think he'd be averaging 9 PPG while shooting 47% / 40% this season. He got good real quick. He also has so much defensive potential. This guy is exactly what OKC needs if he continues to progress this way, a perfect 3rd option offensively that won't command too much money and can be the starter as Thabo gets into his 30s.
J-Lamb went 22-5-5 against houston in just 26 mins