Oklahoma City Thunder Focusing On Jeremy Lamb's Development In Summer League

By Brian Anderson
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The Oklahoma City Thunder are now 0-2 in 2014 NBA Summer League play after falling to the Philadelphia 76ers 84-73 on Sunday evening. Jeremy Lamb missed the game, which may have had a lot to do with the Thunder’s porous offensive display.Players signed to the Thunder had little contribution to the game today. Steven Adams and Andre Roberson led the way, both scoring 12 points. They were the only players on the Thunder’s normal roster to eclipse double-figures.

The Thunder need their players to show more improvement soon so they have an idea on who gets more minutes when the regular season hits. Adams’ minutes are sure to increase, especially if the Thunder decide to part ways with Kendrick Perkins.

You could not say the same for Roberson and Perry Jones III. They will have to prove themselves, something each player has done on separation occasions in two different Summer League games thus far. Jones led all scorers with 15 points in the Thunder’s first game against the Memphis Grizzlies yesterday. Today, Roberson took the lead with 12 points and 10 rebounds on 5-of-12 shooting from the field.

Lamb missed today’s game and it was unclear whether it was the coach’s decision or whether he suffered some type of injury during last game. It did not appear as if anything was bothering him as he sat on the sidelines cheering on his team today. Lamb’s growth is essential in this year’s Summer League. All eyes may be on Lamb, because the Thunder now have to fill in the starting SG position. With Thabo Sefolosha gone, everyone will be watching Lamb very closely. Fans in OKC are pulling for the third-year man to emerge as the starting SG but only if he can prove himself to the Thunder faithful.

Today’s game was rather disappointing for anyone expecting the Thunder to show a little more than they had showed in the game before against Memphis. The Thunder will face off against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, where hopefully they will get their players on the same page and maybe reel off their first victory this summer.

Brian Anderson is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MrAnderson035 “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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