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

Tramel – Turns out, yes. No one could blame Scotty Brooks for playing Butler in the postseason. But Butler didn't prove to be a difference-maker in the playoffs. He averaged 23 minutes, 6.3 points and 32 percent shooting. Lamb could have done that and would have built up some much-needed playoff experience.

3. True or false: Jeremy Lamb averages 25-plus minutes next season.

Mayberry – True. He was at 22 per game before the All-Star break. Some of that had to do with the absence of Russell Westbrook, but he'll get even more opportunities next year. Three guys who were ahead of him in the rotation – Butler, Derek Fisher and Thabo Sefolosha – all figure to be gone next season. That's going to open up significantly more playing time for Lamb. And I think he'll be even more deserving of minutes by taking a big jump in his third season.

Slater – I’m going true, and I’ll take it a step further. I think Lamb will be the starting shooting guard on opening night. That obviously changes if the Thunder trades for a veteran like Arron Afflalo (which would be a great move). But Sam Presti is fond of Lamb. And it wouldn’t be surprising if Presti constructs a roster that involuntarily nudges Brooks to use Lamb as a starter.

Tramel – 25 minutes? No way. That's too much. Even if Lamb becomes the sixth man, which is possible but unlikely, I don't see 25 minutes. Twenty, yes. But not 25. It's most likely that Lamb is the seventh man, which he was for much of this season. That would put him around 20 minutes a game.

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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