Season in Review: #11 Jeremy Lamb
By Nick Gallo | Thunder Basketball Writer
Being a second-year player on a 59-win NBA team can be a tough task, but Jeremy Lamb found ways to make an impact, even if his minutes weren’t consistent throughout the year.
Early on, Lamb was in the Thunder’s rotation and even lit up the stat sheet with a career-high 22 points against the Houston Rockets and 19 points, including the game-winning jumper, on the road against the Portland Trail Blazers. For the season, Lamb averaged 8.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 35.6 percent from three-point range.
Heading into the summer, Lamb hopes to continue to craft and fine tune his game in order to be an important part of the Thunder’s rotation next season. Offensively, Lamb’s jump shot is an asset, but he wants to be able to keep the defense honest with drives to the paint and his ability to create for others.
“Probably my handle and attacking the rim, those will probably be the biggest things I’ll work on,” Lamb said.
“I want to help the team in any way possible, really,” Lamb said. “If that is coming in and playing defense, coming in and scoring or whatever the team needs most, that’s what I want to do.”
Throughout the year, Lamb also managed to show flashes on the defensive end because of his length, leaping ability and rebounding. Although he wants to add more strength, Lamb also believes the most important aspect of improving his defense this summer will be playing one-on-one in addition to working out with teammates at the INTEGRIS Health Thunder Development Center. In order to be able to contribute for extended minutes next year, Lamb knows that he’ll have to be a true two-way player.
“Seeing these players who will lock you up and then go score on you, that motivates me,” Lamb explained. “I’m definitely going to work on my defense and come back a much better defensive player. That will help me be a whole overall player. When you disrupt on both ends of the floor, that’s huge.”