OKC Thunder: Keep an eye on Jeremy Lamb in summer league

Five games in Orlando might not tell the whole story, but they will show how much the shooting guard has improved since he was acquired from Houston.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: July 6, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma City's Jeremy Lamb (11) drives past Milwaukee's John Henson (31) during the season finale NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Okla.   Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Jeremy Lamb (11) drives past Milwaukee's John Henson (31) during the season finale NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Milwaukee Bucks at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Okla. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Lamb lit up the D-League last year. He averaged 21 points, 5.3 rebounds, three assists and 1.2 steals in 32.8 minutes. While shooting 49 percent from the field and 35.2 percent on 3-pointers, Lamb was proving he belonged in the NBA.

“It was fun,” Lamb said of his 25-game D-League stint. “It made me better.”

The point of summer league, at least for the Thunder, is to see how much better players like Lamb have become. Rather than judge players off their performances and make decisions based on this week, the Thunder has instead used summer league to evaluate where players are at the moment. It's simply six days to see in which areas a player has grown and which areas need more developing.

Lamb, despite his projected increased role, will be no different.

His shooting ability is a known commodity. So this week will be a chance to check out Lamb's consistency, how much more he's learned to defend, drive and create his own shot.

Lamb, like the others, is expected to have his ups and downs.

But you can bet the Thunder won't overreact one way or another.

It's summer league.


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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