In today’s edition of “All Wired Up”, I’ll delve into the fantasy strengths of potential waiver wire gold like Lamb and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Ersan Ilyasova.
»Jeremy Lamb, SG, Oklahoma City Thunder (1.8 percent owned on ESPN.com)
18 points (7-10 FG, 0-0 FT), 4 three-pointers, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 0 steals, 0 blocks, 2 turnovers vs. Heat
Jeremy Lamb wasn’t considered the best piece the Thunder got back in October 2012 in the James Harden trade – that honour was reserved for Kevin Martin, who bolted Oklahoma City after one season. Lamb was considered a nice player, but not necessarily someone who was ready to contribute in the near future.
Fast forward one season and Lamb has entrenched himself into Martin’s bench scorers role and is quietly carving a niche for himself on the best team in the NBA and very soon, into the hearts of fantasy owners across the world.
Over the course of the season Lamb is averaging 22.3 minutes per game, but recently those numbers have seen a bump, getting 24.5 minutes in the last month and sitting at 25.5 minutes per game in his last four games.
In those last four games, all Thunder wins by the way, Lamb has scored over double digits in three of them. He’s also hit eight three-pointers in those games, averaging 14 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals, all while shooting at 52.3 percent from the field.
In Wednesday’s statement win over Miami (let’s be honest, it was more of a demolition), Lamb played a season high 34 minutes and was a key component to the Thunder’s big win. His minutes may drop off slightly when Russell Westbrook returns, but based on his season averages, it’s nothing to worry about.
Overall, Jeremy Lamb is guy who should be owned in all 12 team leagues or deeper, while he’s sitting on the border for 10 team leagues. If I had the roster space in a 10 teamer, I’d be adding Lamb and see where this recent spate of good form takes us.