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.