With the NBA Summer League over with, there are a few players who made notable impressions on both fans and coaches. Specifically for the Oklahoma City Thunder, shooting guard Jeremy Lamb displayed a tremendous amount of skill in his few performances.
With Kevin Martin out of the picture, Lamb is a guy who many think could have an impact on the team this upcoming season. He shot the ball very well and in bunches throughout the summer league, in one game particular he even went off for 32 points.
There was also a game where Lamb took a step back jumper and sunk it to win the game at the end of regulation. The kid is starting to make some noise.
However, for the sake of the team, Lamb is best served as a backup — for now.
Veteran swingman Thabo Sefolosha has been the team’s starter and should continue in that role for a couple of reasons. First, he brings a defensive presence that Lamb cannot match. He’s one of the more solid defenders that’s been around the league for a few years.
The Thunder definitely need a defensive presence especially with all of the offense they boast. For this reason, again, Lamb is best served coming off the bench so that the Thunder have some firepower while guys like Kevin Durant or Russell Westbrook may be resting.
Lamb undoubtedly impressed several folks throughout his summer league play, but at this point he is still too young and inexperienced. He also doesn’t have the chemistry built with the team like Sefolosha does. Being such a young player and newer to the roster, he has some time to improve his team chemistry with the guys.
Oklahoma City would be a better team with Sefolosha starting and Lamb backing him up. In the future that may change, but for now it’s the way it should be.