By Anthony Slater – Aslater@opubco.com - @anthonyVslater
The addition of two veterans, followed closely by a brief West Coast road trip, gave the Oklahoma City Thunder a chance to terrorize D-League defenders again.
In late January, soon after being assigned to the Tulsa 66ers, OKC rookie Jeremy Lamb torched a pair of overmatched opponents. Dropped a couple of near triple-doubles on them and won the league’s Player of the Week award. You can watch his best performance by clicking here.
But Lamb wasn’t alone. Like Reggie Jackson and a number of others before him, Lamb wasn’t getting the needed minutes with the big club. So the Thunder dropped him in the D-League for some brief run and he went all Kevin Durant on them.
But the franchise had recently refrained from this practice, preferring to keep the big roster intact for much of February.
Then Ronnie Brewer came over in a trade. And Derek Fisher was signed. And the Thunder went out on a West Coast road trip.
Why not shuttle Perry Jones III, Lamb and DeAndre Liggins up to Tulsa for a weekend, where the 66ers were playing a back-to-back? They weren’t getting any playing time anyway.
Domination ensued. Here were their averages in two Tulsa wins, as compiled by John Rohde:
Jeremy Lamb – 20.5 ppg, 5.0 rbp, 3.0 apg
Perry Jones – 18.5 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.5 blocks
DeAndre Liggins – 8.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.5 apg, 3.5 steals, 1.0 blocks
And in the above video (h/t to Crab Dribbles for the clip), Thunder fans get another rare chance to see Lamb, one of the key pieces from the James Harden trade, show off his smooth game. The jumper is effortless and the game seems easy. But, then again, it is the D-League.