The 2013-14 NBA season is young and full of action. The Oklahoma City Thunder stand at 2-1 after playing their first three games of the year, and the early return of Russell Westbrook has restored the hope in the Thunder’s loyal army of fans. The play of their young players has also been great thus far, and things in Oklahoma are looking great after a rocky start.
Reggie Jackson‘s solid and surprising performance in last year’s playoffs seems to be carrying over into this season. Jackson is averaging 10.7 points, four assists and three rebounds per game. Those numbers will continue to rise as he becomes more comfortable in his role now that Westbrook is back at the starting point-guard position.
One player I want to talk about more in depth is Jeremy Lamb. I don’t know how everyone else feels, but I love what I’ve seen from Lamb so far this season. He’s shown some pretty good moves — one being a quick one-handed floater. He’s shown progression in each game, and I can see that he’s a very quick learner with a wide range of skills and a high motor.
The Thunder love players that bring the type of energy Lamb brings to the floor. He’s in the passing lanes, running hard on fast-breaks and giving his best efforts on the defensive end. You couldn’t ask for more from him this early in the season, and Lamb will only continue to flourish now that Westbrook is back in the lineup. Without Westbrook, more was being demanded of Lamb. I don’t know if he was going to be able to handle being one of the main guys at this point.
Lamb is a solid role player with the potential to one day be an All-Star. What needs the most work is his body, but everything else will come with experience. He’ll surely build up body mass as the season goes on, but it’ll be a few years before we get a finished product. It took Kevin Durant seven seasons to finally get to the weight he desired at 240 pounds. Lamb is long, which creates huge problems for any player he guards. He’ll be as important of an asset on the defensive end as he will on the offensive end.
Averaging 9.3 points, three rebounds and one assist isn’t anything amazing, but he’s doing it in under 20 minutes a game. The best thing out of all of that is that he’s shooting 46.2 percent from the field. That’s a great percentage for a young player who is basically being thrown into the fire there in Oklahoma. The departure of Kevin Martin led to some major changes within the Thunder organization. The roster has seen some changes, and everyone is getting used to the new pieces. Still, the Thunder are on the right track and close to being as good of a team as they’ve ever been.