Thunder Nation will have their eyes on Jeremy Lamb this season as he attempts to fill the void of sharpshooter Kevin Martin.
Lamb was acquired by the Thunder in the infamous Harden trade which sent shockwaves throughout the entire NBA. He spent most of last year with the Thunder's D-League team, the Tulsa 66ers.
Martin was also acquired by the Thunder via the Harden trade, but with his departure this season, the Thunder are looking for Lamb to start contributing so they can prove the Harden trade was not a complete bust.
Note: You also have to remember the Thunder received the 12th overall draft pick from the Harden trade, and they were able to pick up Steven Adams, who is performing exceptionally for the Thunder so far. So don't call the Harden trade a bust just yet.
Lamb is known as a great shooter and offensive threat, but has been struggling this preseason with his shooting.
Royce Young on DailyThunder.com talked about Lamb's struggles in the preseason and the amount of pressure that will be placed upon his shoulders this season.
With the Thunder’s offseason so clearly based around confidence in both Lamb and Reggie Jackson being able to fulfill second unit roles replacing the loss of Kevin Martin as sixth man, the sluggish offensive start to Lamb’s season does raise some eyebrows. Oh, and the fact that Lamb was the centerpiece in the trade that sent All-Star James Harden to Houston, there’s some attention on that part of it too.
In the video above, you can see how easily Lamb can light up the scoreboard once he gets his rhythm. If he can translate that type of game into the regular season, then the Thunder will be much better off.
Lamb will get his fair share of open looks this season with Durant and Westbrook getting most of the attention from opposing defenses. His job is quite simple: Make open shots. Sure, it is easier said than done, but Lamb will prove to be the catalyst to the Thunder's success this season, and they need him to follow through.
More from Young on DailyThunder.com:
It’s hard to get adapted to the NBA. The speed of the game is hard to grasp and finding rhythm and confidence is difficult when things are buzzing by you and you’re trying to figure out how to make it all slow down. It’s just that those other players had the luxury of being given time to develop and progress without a spotlight of “They traded James Harden for this guy!?!?” beating down on them.
Is Jeremy Lamb going to be good? Is he going to validate Sam Presti? Can he be a suitable scorer off the bench? Will he ever make a 3-pointer? The questions are all fair and valid. It’s just way too early to try and answer any of them.