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OKC Thunder: Jeremy Lamb, Steven Adams offer glimpse of the future

The future flashed before our eyes Sunday, providing a riveting peek into what the Oklahoma City Thunder might someday look like.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 7, 2013

But judging by that highlight alley-oop connection, a play Lamb said was unscripted, the Thunder won't have to start with a completely blank canvas.

“He's a strong kid,” Lamb said of Adams. “He can really get up and he's tall. So I came off the screen, his man helped and I threw it up and he's a great finisher.”

It was Adams' only two points of the game. He missed his other three shot attempts, providing unnecessary proof that he's a work in progress.

The dish was one of only two assists for Lamb, who added 14 points with six rebounds in 30 minutes. His assist tally, however, didn't do justice to how comfortable Lamb looked running the offense and making plays for others.

For a player regarded mostly for his spot-up shooting ability, Lamb impressed more with his leadership and control, things several coaches in attendance lauded following the game.

“He not only can come off screens and shoot the basketball … but when he has the ball in his hands he's a very unselfish player,” said Kalamian. “So if somebody's open, he's going to find that player that's open.”

Lamb turned it over only twice while running the offense on countless possessions. Not once did he show any signs of being disrupted by his head-to-head matchup with Orlando Johnson, the bigger, stronger second-year Pacers guard.

“I've definitely been working on my defense and pick-and-roll offense,” Lamb said.

The silky smooth stroke was there, too.

Despite officially missing 11 of 16 shots, Lamb connected on two of four 3-pointers. Even the jump shots that missed looked good.

Much like the Thunder's future.