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Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable on Jeremy Lamb

The Oklahoman’s staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Jeremy Lamb.
by Berry Tramel and Darnell Mayberry and Anthony Slater Published: June 8, 2014
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photo - Oklahoma City's Jeremy Lamb (11) celebrates a three-point basket
during the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Indiana Pacers at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Jeremy Lamb (11) celebrates a three-point basket during the NBA game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Indiana Pacers at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

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

1. Jeremy Lamb's second NBA season was ____________.

Darnell Mayberry (beat writer) – Promising. He played 1,500 minutes and showed signs of being the shooter we thought he would be. His athleticism also proved to be a valuable addition in so many ways. And he appears to be capable of providing so much more: rebounding, playmaking, steals, speed and finishing ability on the break. I love what I saw out of Lamb. His future is bright.

Anthony Slater (beat writer) – Productive, but a bit incomplete. When he was dropping 22 on the Rockets in December or 18 during a big win in Miami in late January, it seemed as if Lamb had solidified himself as a steady contributor, on his way to 30-minute a night production. But a slump knocked him out of the rotation and a postseason that included eight DNPs simmered expectations a bit. Solid second season, but still plenty for Lamb to prove.

Berry Tramel (columnist) – Encouraging. Into February, Lamb was averaging 10 points a game. His production curtailed, and then his playing time disappeared when the Thunder added Caron Butler. But Lamb showed a lot of promise through much of the season. And he's only 21. That's the best thing. He's got a lot of room for growth. Lamb's defense needs a lot of work, but he's got the tools to get better.

2. Should he have seen more court time in the postseason?

Mayberry – Hard to make that argument after the way he slumped in the second half of the season and then fell out of the rotation when Caron Butler arrived. He probably wasn't ready. But we'll never know. I think Brooks made the smart play in going with the veterans over Lamb. Their performances just didn't pay off.

Slater – Yeah, but he was a victim of Caron Butler’s late season success. After signing with OKC in early March, Butler averaged 10 points and shot 44 percent from three in the final 22 games. He was hot, so Scott Brooks rode that into the postseason. But it backfired. Butler crashed back to Earth and Lamb, out of rhythm even when pulled from deep freeze, wasn’t able to have much of an impact. Would have been interesting to see what Lamb could have done with 20-plus minutes a night.

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by Berry Tramel
Columnist
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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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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by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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