When the Oklahoma City Thunder decided not to re-sign guard James Harden and instead dealt him to the Houston Rockets, they were opening one of the pieces they got back, former Connecticut Huskies’ guard Jeremy Lamb, the 12th-overall selection in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft, could help fill the void. Obviously, they don’t expect him to be the player Harden is but they are still hopeful he can turn into a solid (or better) starter.
In fact, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders believes Lamb can earn a “serious payday” if he develops into a full-time starter.
Lamb has a ton of potential, but it’s still a little unclear if he’ll be a full-time starter. Lamb played a much larger role last year and should see more time this year. If Lamb continues to progress, he should be a guy that gets a serious payday.
Last season, Lamb put up 8.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game while shooting 43.2% from the field, 35.6% from beyond the arc and 79.7% from the charity stripe. However, the postseason was a disappointment. Lamb played just 9.1 minutes per game as opposed to 19.7 minutes per game during the regular season. He averaged 3.6 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game while shooting 40.5% from the floor, 14.3% from three and 100.0% from the foul line. Still, his second season was an improvement on his rookie season that saw him appear in just 23 games (he played in 78 last season) and go for 3.1 points, 0.8 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game while shooting 35.3% from the field, 30.0% from beyond the arc and 100.0% from the free throw line.
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