Jeremy Lamb had a tough first season as a pro, spending most of the year shuttling between the Oklahoma City Thunder's bench and the team's D-League affiliate in Tulsa. This year Lamb will be looking to crack the team's NBA rotation, and if his goal is to turn lots of heads in the pre-season, he got off to a great start when he nailed this sick step back jumper to beat the Orlando Magic in Monday's summer league game.
Man, Kemba would be proud. With time running out and the Thunder down 78-77, Lamb takes former St. John's standout Moe Harkless to the rim before pulling up with a behind the back dribble and nailing the 15-footer from the foul line. The fact that Harkless bites as hard as he does as Lamb pulls up makes it even better, but in fairness to him, he at least stays on his feet, unlike a certain Pitt big man I can think of.
Lamb finished the game with 11 points and 4 assists, though he was only 4-for-15 from the field, which he'll be looking to improve on going forward. Keeping fair perspective, this is was only a Summer League game and Lamb obviously has a long way to go before he becomes a rotation player on one of the NBA's best teams, but Monday's game was a great start and if he can keep making shots like that, we might start seeing him take a few in the games that count this fall.
Update: It looks like Lamb wasn't done. After swishing that game-winner against Orlando on Monday, Lamb built on that momentum by going for 32 points in today's game against Philadelphia, leading the Thunder to a 74-62 win. Better yet, he did it on 10-for-14 shooting, and was 3-for-5 from behind the arc.
Lamb also challenged the Orlando Summer League record for points scored in a game of 35, which was coincidentally set by his Thunder teammate Reggie Jackson just yesterday. Overall it's been a very good week for Lamb, who is certainly starting to make an impression on the team brass now.