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OKC Thunder: Jeremy Lamb has been better than advertised

Acquired as the main piece in the trade that sent James Harden to Houston just before the start of last season, Lamb is quickly coming into his own after a year spent learning the ropes.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 6, 2014

The last two games illustrated Lamb's impressive improvement.

Against the Timberwolves on Saturday, he grabbed a career-high eight rebounds, including two pivotal boards in the final two minutes that helped the Thunder escape with a come-from-behind victory.

The next night against Boston, Lamb dished a career-high six assists, orchestrating the offense late in the game as the point guard, running pick and rolls and setting up teammates for scoring opportunities.

“I'm just trying to learn the game, get a feel for it, knowing when to shoot it, when to pass,” Lamb said. “As games go on, I start to get a feel for it. I'm starting to crash the boards and do more things. Every night, your shot's not going to be on so I got to find other ways to impact the game.”

That's exactly what the Thunder seeks.

“He's a guy that we want to keep improving in a lot of different areas,” Brooks said. “We don't want him just to be a shooter. We want him to be a player.”

So far so good.

“He can do it all,” said Kevin Durant. “I mean, he's athletic. He can shoot. He can dribble. But I like his intensity. I like his focus and his hard work. With all that, anything can be done on the court by him. So we just need him to keep getting better.”

by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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