Originally Posted by DatZNasty
Lamb couldn't even get minutes over Perry Jones last yr. Let that sink in for a minute. He played less than 200 minutes his rookie yr. The only 1st rd picks who played less minutes last year Royce White, Fab Melo, Jared Cunningham and Miles Plumlee. And this is for a team that lead the NBA in margin of victory i.e had TONS of blowouts to get minutes in. No doubt Brooks isn't the most flexible with lineup changes or liking rookies instead of vets, but when you can't get minutes over PJ3, something else is there. Maybe he doesn't play hard in practice. I don't know. Liggins, granted he is 25, played more minutes than Lamb last season
As far Harden, he asked for a trade kicker not a no trade clause. And based on Presti's exit speech where Presti admitted they wouldn't have kept the core together long term even if they did sign, it was a smart move. Presti called offering James a contract "a short term solution," then went on to talk about how they don't want to pay the tax if they can avoid it and certainly no repeater tax (FYI only 2 champions in the last decade weren't in the tax)
Your an OKC fan so I'll concede a little bit since you saw more games BUT you glanced over key points man.
1. Perry Jones mostly played the 4 and It's not like he beat out Lamb for consistent PT. He didn't even play 300 minutes this season.
2. Brooks is notoriously stubborn and definitely doesn't like rookies. He barely unleashed Reggie Jackson over Fisher until his hand was forced. James Harden only played 22 minutes as a rookie. Considering how high he was picked, how ready he was AND the fact that OKC was still rebuilding - that's a low number for a wing player.
3. His competition at the wings were Thabo, KD and Kevin Martin. As a 4th wing, you're expected to play mistake-free basketball - which is what Liggins provided. Lamb isn't that type of player yet ESPECIALLY not as a rookie. He needs room to make mistakes and to make plays.
4. OKC is a contending team, not one that's going to live through rookie mistakes. OKC also seems to like developing their players slowly.
All I'm saying is Lamb came into the draft as one of the more talented players coming in. That hasn't changed. The only thing that's changed is everyone prematurely burying him.