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OKC Thunder: Jeremy Lamb roundtable

by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 4, 2013

The Oklahoman's staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Jeremy Lamb.

1. The Thunder thinks Jeremy Lamb is a big-time prospect. Is the Thunder right, wrong or crazy?

Darnell Mayberry: Absolutely right. This guy is young, explosive and a tremendous shooter. Best of all, he seems to have the desire to get better and be out there contributing.

John Rohde: It's impossible to know at this point. Given how he did with the Tulsa 66ers, the Thunder seems to be more right than the other two.

Berry Tramel: None of the above. Hopeful is the proper answer. Nobody knows how Jeremy Lamb will play when given a real chance. And it's time he's given that chance. The Thunder was so good so fast, it had a bunch of young cornerstones and thus surrounded its core with more veteran guys, like Thabo (Sefolosha) and (Nick) Collison and (Kendrick) Perkins and eventually Derek Fisher. Lost in that process was giving the next wave of young players a chance. Guys like Reggie Jackson his rookie year, and Lamb his rookie year. But just as Jackson bloomed when given a chance, it's time to give Lamb a chance.

2. Should Lamb have played more?

Mayberry: No doubt about it. He didn't have to be a fixture in the rotation. But giving the guy spot minutes could have really helped his development and prepared him for the playoffs, when his perimeter shooting would have come in handy following Russell Westbrook's injury. Playing him only 147 minutes all season was absurd. Surely a 60-win team could have carved out more time than that. On a larger scale, if management must spend wisely going forward and develop organically now more than ever, the coaching staff must now unleash the young players more often to have them ready when the games matter most.

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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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