Analyzing the James Harden haul

Oklahoma City boasts bevy of options with draft picks and Jeremy Lamb

Originally Published: October 29, 2012
By Amin Elhassan | ESPN Insider
Jeremy LambGarrett W. Ellwood/NBAE via Getty ImagesJeremy Lamb won't remain in the background long and eventually will replace James Harden.

As the league continues to feel the shock waves sent by Oklahoma City's trade of James Harden to the Houston Rockets, opinion seems split on whether Thunder general manager Sam Presti should have pulled the trigger so early.

Although that remains debatable, what most will agree on is that Presti acquired pieces and assets that will make this reconfiguration of his team's core short and effective. Here's a look at the pieces Oklahoma City received in return.

The rookie: Jeremy Lamb, SG

Scouting report: Lamb is an excellent catch-and-shoot player with deep range who also is a long, explosive athlete who can finish above the rim. Had one of the best "in-between games" in college last season, with a versatile array of runners and floaters in the paint. If he can't get to the rim, his soft touch allows him to use the glass nicely when gliding toward the basket. He's not the playmaker for others that Harden was, but he has a good basketball IQ that allows him to make the right play.


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