A product of what is considered one of the worst trades in NBA history, young prospect Jeremy Lamb has been overlooked during his short time in the NBA. I’m referring to the trade that sent top 10 player James Harden to the Houston Rockets in return for Kevin Martin and four picks which have turned into Jeremy Lamb, Steven Adams, a future Mavericks first round pick that is top 20 protected, and a second round pick in next years draft. While the Rockets undoubtedly won the trade adding a franchise cornerstone and giving up minimal assets, the 12th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft that Houston gave up is shining in the 2013 Orlando Summer League.
Through three games Lamb has been averaging 19 points per game, 4.3 rebounds, and 2.33 assists. In his most recent game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Lamb dropped 32 points shooting 71% from the field and 60% from three. Lamb’s lights out mid-range and outside shooting were imperative to his stellar performance which made look effortless. His ability to score will make him an important asset for OKC this upcoming season. While designated to the D-League Tulsa 66ers, Lamb absolutely dominated competition scoring 21 points per game shooting nearly 50% from the field.
With Kevin Martin and Thabo Sefolosha ahead of him in the depth chart, Lamb played a very limited role for OKC last season, seeing the court only 23 times and averaging 6.4 minutes within those games. With Martin leaving for Minnesota via free agency, Lamb’s role should expand considerably in the 2013-2014 season. Sefolosha should start this season starting at the two, but he is more of a defensive specialist and lacks the natural scoring ability of a Shooting Guard. Lamb is a pure scorer and will most likely take over the starting role about halfway through the season when he has more experience under his belt. Although Lamb is a great scorer, he needs to become a more complete player to be a great in the NBA. Dishing open looks to Kevin Durant or inside to Serge Ibaka and being more aggressive on the boards will make Lamb a force to be reckoned with for years to come.