Jeremy Lamb
Jeremy Lamb
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Indiana Pacers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Lamb's first year with the Pacers was marred by injuries. Hip, ankle and groin issues cost him time in the early part of the season, but the big blow came in February, when he blew out his knee during a game against Toronto, tearing his ACL and meniscus while breaking a bone in his femur. He underwent successful surgery in March and is expected to be ready for action around mid-January. Of course, as long as Victor Oladipo avoids injury, Lamb probably won't have a starting role waiting for him, but he'll still have something to offer fantasy rosters as a three-and-D contributor. Although it's unlikely that he'll return to the glory days of 2018-19, when he posted career-high averages in points (15.3) and rebounds (5.5) as a member of the Hornets, the Pacers are still invested in Lamb and will need him on the court when he's healthy. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $31.5 million contract with the Pacers in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Jeremy Emmanuel Lamb was born in 1992 in Henrico, Virginia. He is the son of Rolando and Angela Lamb. His father played college ball at Virginia Commonwealth University. Jeremy has three siblings: Ronaldo, Zachary and Destiny. Brother Zach played collegiate ball for Cal State Bakersfield. Lamb attended Norcross High School in Norcross, Georgia. During his senior season, he led the Blue Devils to a 27-3 record, a regional championship and the Elite 8 of the state playoffs. In May of 2018, Lamb took 30 kids from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas on a $100 per-child shopping spree. Fans can learn more about Lamb on Twitter (@jlamb) and Instagram (@jeremylamb1).

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Jeremy Lamb spent two years (2010-2012) at the University of Connecticut, playing in 75 career games for the Huskies and starting all but one of them. Lamb burst onto the scene as a freshman, becoming a key piece alongside Kemba Walker and Shabazz Napier as the Huskies shocked the world on their way to a national championship victory. That season, Lamb averaged 11.1 points and 4.5 rebounds a game for the Huskies -- numbers which led to his being named to the Big East All-Freshman team. Lamb averaged 16.2 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 58-percent from the field in the NCAA Tournament, adding 12 points and seven rebounds in UConn's national championship victory over Butler. As a sophomore in 2011-12, Lamb appeared in 34 games for UConn and generated 17.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. An AP Preseason All-American, Lamb's numbers helped him make the All-Big East first team.

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May 19, 2021
Lamb (knee) is out for Thursday's play-in game against the Wizards.
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Lamb has been out since April 19 and won't make his return for Thursday's elimination game. Malcolm Brogdon (hamstring) and Edmond Sumner (knee) are questionable.
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2020

Lamb dealt with a fair share of injuries during the 2020-21 season and that resulted in the nine-year veteran playing just 36 of the Pacers' 72 games during the campaign, starting just eight times in a row between January 27 and February 10. The former Connecticut standout delivered his best performance of the season on January 25 against the Toronto Raptors, when he finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, two assists and a steal across 33 minutes off the bench. That was one of Lamb's three 20-point performances of the campaign, and other season-high marks for him included nine rebounds, five assists (twice), six steals and three blocks (three times). Lamb ended the 2020-21 season dealing with a knee injury that forced him to miss the Pacers' last 18 games but still finished the campaign averaging 10.1 points per game -- it was the fourth straight season in which he scored at least 10 points per tilt. Lamb also averaged 3.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.6 blocks across 21.3 minutes per contest, while shooting 43.5 percent from the field and 94.7 percent from the charity stripe. Lamb also hit a career-best 40.6 percent of his three-point attempts.

2019

In his first season with the Pacers, Lamb appeared in 46 games, averaging 28.1 minutes per game. He posted averages of 12.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.5 blocks. In the starting lineup on opening night, Lamb played 26 minutes against Detroit and finished with 10 points, four rebounds and three assists. He registered his first 20-point game in a Pacers uniform on Oct. 30 versus Brooklyn, posting 25 points and seven boards in the victory. Against Denver on Jan. 2, Lamb had a season-high 30 points, to go with six rebounds and two assists. In that game, Lamb went 5-of-5 from beyond the arc. He pulled down a season-high 10 boards on two occasions (Nov. 1 vs. CLE; Jan. 6 vs. CHA). On the defensive end, Lamb had a career-high-tying four steals against Toronto on Dec. 23. In a Nov. 3 matchup against the Bulls, Lamb tied another career-high with three blocks. Shortly after the All-Star break, Lamb suffered a knee injury that kept him out for the remainder of the season, including the playoffs.

2018

Jeremy Lamb had his best season as a professional in 2018-2019, his seventh year in the league and fourth with the Charlotte Hornets. Lamb averaged a career-high 15.3 points per contest, shooting 44 percent from the field. He also hit 35 percent of his shots from three-point land. Lamb scored at least 20 points on 18 different occasions. On Dec. 26, he had a season-high 31 points in a double-overtime loss at Brooklyn . Lamb finished second on the team in scoring behind only Kemba Walker. On Feb. 27, Lamb posted a career-high 14 rebounds, plus 18 points and six assists, during a loss to Houston. The 6-foot-5 Lamb also collected the best rebounding numbers of his career, snatching 5.5 boards per contest. He tallied five double-doubles on the season. Only Cody Zeller averaged more rebounds per tilt than Lamb for the Hornets. On Mar. 19, Lamb generated 26 points, plus 11 boards and three dimes, in a loss to the 76ers. His assists numbers remained about the same as the season prior, though Lamb did post 10 outputs of at least five assists during the year. Lamb's Hornets finished 39-43 and just missed the playoffs. Lamb enters the off-season as a free agent.

2017

It took a few seasons for Lamb to find his way, but he has established himself as one of the NBA's premier offensive weapons off the bench and the 2017-18 was no different for him. Fresh off a year in which he played a career-high 80 games for Charlotte, Lamb averaged a career-best (to date) 12.9 points. His 2.3 assists and 0.8 steals per game were also new high-water marks by that time in his career. Lamb shot better than 45 percent (45.7) from the field for a third straight season, while draining 86.1 of his free-throw attempts for the third time in the past four years. He averaged 1.2 threes per game after posting just 0.7 threes made per game one season ago. Lamb scored at least 20 points five times and his best effort of the season was a 32-point effort against Toronto on December 20 -- that game was also a career-high mark for him. He added three rebounds, two assists and a block in that game, and did so in just 28:28 worth of playing time.

2016

The 2016-17 campaign marked Lamb's second season with the Hornets. He appeared in 62 games (five starts), missing time due to hamstring and foot injuries. He saw 18.4 minutes per contest, averaging career highs in points (9.7), rebounds (4.3) and field-goal percentage (46.0). He also averaged 1.2 points and a combined 0.8 steals-plus-blocks. Further, he set new single-game career highs in points (26) and rebounds (17). Arguably his best overall performance of the season occurred Nov. 28 during a 19-point win over the Grizzlies. Lamb played 23 minutes and recorded 21 points, nine rebounds, a steal and a block. His best stretch of the season was from Dec. 26-Jan. 4. Across six games, he averaged 12.0 points on 8.3 shots, plus 4.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and a combined 1.2 blocks-plus-steals across 21.6 minutes. The Hornets finished the season 36-46 and did not qualify for the postseason.

2015

In late June 2015, Lamb was traded from the Thunder to the Hornets for Luke Ridnour and a conditional second-round draft pick. Lamb proceeded to appear in 66 games for the Hornets, missing a chunk of time in mid-to-late January due to a toe injury. He saw 18.6 minutes per contest and averaged career highs in points (8.8) and rebounds (3.8) per game. Lamb also averaged 1.2 assists and a combined 1.1 steals-plus-blocks per contest. Lamb's 45.1 percent field-goal shooting represented a career mark as well. On Jan. 9 against the Clippers, Lamb set a new single-game career high for rebounds with 13. Arguably Lamb's best overall effort of the same occurred Nov. 3 during a 25-point win over the Bulls. In 26 minutes, he posted 20 points (9-10 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 0-1 FT), four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Charlotte finished the season 48-34, making the playoffs but losing in a seven-game series to the Heat in the Eastern Conference First Round. Lamb played 12 playoff minutes, posting 11 points, four rebounds and one assist.

2014

Lamb was featured by the Thunder in 47 games (eight starts) during the 2014-15 season. He saw 13.5 minutes per game, averaging 6.3 points and 2.3 rebounds. He shot 41.6 percent from the field, 34.2 percent from three and 89.1 percent from the charity stripe. Lamb also managed a new single-game career high in rebounds (10). In one of his best games of the season, Lamb collected a double-double Nov. 14 during a loss to the Pistons. Across 45 minutes, Lamb posted 24 points (10-17 FG, 4-7 3Pt), 10 rebounds, three assists and three steals. His best stretch of the season occurred from Nov. 26 through Dec. 7. Across those five games, Lamb averaged 15.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.2 steals while the Thunder went 4-1. He shot 74.3 percent from the field, 75.0 percent from three and 85.7 percent from the charity stripe. The Thunder finished the season 45-37, narrowly missing the playoffs.

2013

Lamb occupied a full-time NBA role in 2013-14 after bouncing back and forth between the NBA and the D-League during his 2012-13 rookie campaign. He appeared in 78 games in his second season, averaging 8.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 19.7 minutes per game. He also shot 43.2 percent from the field, 35.6 percent from three and 79.7 percent from the free-throw line. Lamb set single-game career highs in points (22), rebounds (eight), assists (six), steals (four) and blocks (three). Lamb's best overall performance of the season occurred Dec. 29 during a 31-point win over the Rockets. In 27 minutes, Lamb posted 22 points (8-10 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), five rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block. The Thunder finished the season 59-23, making the playoffs. They defeated the Grizzlies and the Clippers on the way to the Western Conference Finals, where the Thunder lost to the Spurs in six games. Lamb appeared in 11 playoff games, averaging 3.6 points and 1.5 rebounds in 9.1 minutes per game. His best playoff effort was during a Game 2 loss to the Spurs. Lamb played 14 minutes and recorded 13 points (6-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), two steals, one rebound and one assist.

2012

Following two seasons at UConn, Lamb was selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. He made his NBA debut with the Thunder during the second game of the season, playing one minute during a 14-point win over the Trail Blazers. As a rookie, he split time between the NBA and the D-League for most of the season. Lamb appeared in 23 NBA games, averaging 3.1 points across 6.4 minutes per contest. He set single-game career marks of 13 points, seven rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block. During 21 games in the D-League, Lamb was named an All-Star and averaged 21.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and a combined 2.0 steals-plus-blocks per contest for the Tulsa 66ers. Oklahoma City finished the season 60-22, defeated the Rockets in a six-game series during the First Round, but lost to the Grizzlies in the Western Conference Semifinals. Lamb did not appear in either postseason series.

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Transaction History
  • June 28, 2012
    Drafted by the Houston Rockets in the 1st round (12th pick) of the 2012 NBA Draft and signed a rookie contract shortly thereafter.
  • October 27, 2012
    Traded by the Houston Rockets with Kevin Martin, a 2013 1st round draft pick, a 2013 2nd round draft pick and a 2014 1st round draft pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Cole Aldrich, Daequan Cook, James Harden and Lazar Hayward.
  • June 25, 2015
    Traded by the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Charlotte Hornets for Luke Ridnour and a 2016 2nd round draft pick.
  • November 2, 2015
    Signed a three-year contract extension with the Charlotte Hornets.
  • July 7, 2019
    Signed a three-year, $31.5 million contract with the Indiana Pacers.
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Lamb agreed to a three-year, $31.5 million deal with the Pacers after spending the last four years of his career with the Hornets. Lamb had the best statistical season of his career in 2018-19, with averages of 15.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.5 threes and 1.1 steals in 28.5 minutes per contest. He was the second-leading scorer on Charlotte and shot 44.0 percent from the field, 34.8 percent from three and 88.8 percent from the charity stripe. The 6-foot-5 wing can play either shooting guard or small forward and is likely to be the top backup to Victor Oladipo, where he could come off the bench as the Pacers' sixth man. He's likely to get a similar share of minutes in Indiana as he did in Charlotte, but with other quality scoring options on the roster, it's not unreasonable to expect a decline in points. Lamb will have to be productive in other facets of the game to make more of fantasy impact in 2019-20.
Lamb saw a career-high 24.6 minutes per game last season, setting career highs in many statistical categories as a result. He also appeared in 80 games, marking the first time he made more than 66 appearances since the 2013-14 campaign. The sixth-year man averaged 12.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists. He also hit 1.2 threes per game and shot 45.7 percent from the field. Lamb’s expanded role could be in jeopardy this season, however. The Hornets ended up with Miles Bridges, who is expected to play small forward, in the 2018 Draft. And, the team signed Tony Parker, which could push Malik Monk to play more shooting guard. Lamb, who saw all of his run at either shooting guard or small forward last season, will be feeling competition from both sides. Given the situation, his upside is limited, and he can likely go undrafted in most standard Fantasy formats.
A career role player, Lamb has yet to carve out a significant niche in the NBA, despite the fact that he's coming off the best season of his career. Lamb set career-highs by averaging 9.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in just 18.4 minutes per game last season. However, he shot just 28.1 percent from beyond the arc, which was a career low and severely hindered his utility in Fantasy leagues. Looking ahead, Lamb is still expected to see time at both shooting guard and small forward, and the expectation is that he'll open the year as a starter. The addition of first-round pick Malik Monk is a bit of a concern, though, as he could cut into Lamb's workload off the bench.
Lamb has yet to live up to his pedigree as the 12th pick in the 2012 draft, but he's coming off of his best statistical season to date. In 66 games off the bench, Lamb averaged 8.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists while converting just over 45 percent of his field-goal attempts. Those numbers are modest, to be sure, but they're a step in the right direction for Lamb, who was in danger of falling out of the league not long ago. Lamb found himself glued to the bench on a deep Thunder roster in 2014-15, logging fewer than 700 minutes across 47 games. The change of scenery -- Oklahoma City dealt Lamb to Charlotte for Luke Ridnour and a conditional second-rounder in June 2015 -- may have been exactly what Lamb needed to hit reset button on his young career. The 24-year-old is in position to again see some minutes off the bench at shooting guard and small forward, and he'll be called upon to help mitigate the losses of Jeremy Lin and Courtney Lee, who departed in free agency. Nicolas Batum and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist are the entrenched starters on the wing, so Lamb will battle with veteran newcomer Marco Belinelli for court time.
In his third season, Lamb recorded 6.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.4 steals, and 0.1 blocks in 14 minutes per game through 47 contests with the Thunder. He shot 42 percent from the field, 34 percent from downtown, and 89 percent from the free-throw line. Lamb never really had much of a role in his three years with the Thunder with a career average of 16 minutes per game in 148 regular season games. It's not clear how many minutes the 23-year-old guard might play in 2015-16 given the Hornets' crowded wing rotation, but a change of scenery is probably a welcome sight for Lamb, who can become a restricted free agent next summer.
Lamb earned a bigger role in Oklahoma City's rotation in 2013-14, averaging 20 minutes of court time in 78 games (zero starts) after playing just six minutes per game in his rookie year. The shooting guard averaged 8.5 points on 43 percent shooting overall and 36 percent from beyond the arc but didn't contribute much elsewhere, only putting up 2.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. With Reggie Jackson, new additions Anthony Morrow and Sebastian Telfair, and Andre Roberson in the mix for playing time in the backcourt alongside Russell Westbrook, it's unclear what kind of role Lamb will carve out in 2014-15. That being said, should the third-year guard get an opportunity to play a significant amount of minutes, he'd be a solid source of points, three-pointers, assists, steals, and the occasional block.
Lamb spent most of his rookie season bouncing between the Thunder and the D-league. In college, he had great range on his jumper, but he made just 30.0 percent of his 3-pointers last year in limited playing time. With Kevin Martin playing in Minnesota this season, Lamb is expected to claim a lot of the wing minutes off the bench and could be the Thunder's sixth man. He's a great sleeper to target in the later rounds of your draft.
The 12th overall pick in the draft, the long, but slightly built Lamb has a strong midrange game and long wingspan (6-11) to be disruptive on defense. He'll back up Kevin Martin to start the season, but if Martin gets hurt, as he tends to do, or gets dealt - which is certainly possible - Lamb could find himself with regular minutes.
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Won't play Tuesday
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May 16, 2021
Lamb (knee) won't be available Tuesday for the play-in tournament, J. Michael of The Indianapolis Star reports.
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Remains out Sunday
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May 16, 2021
Lamb (knee) will not play Sunday against the Raptors, Tony East of the West Indianapolis Community News reports.
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Out Saturday
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May 14, 2021
Lamb (knee) is listed as out for Saturday's game against the Lakers, Scott Agness of FieldhouseFiles.com reports.
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Ruled out Thursday
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May 12, 2021
Lamb (knee) will not play Thursday against the Bucks.
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May 11, 2021
Lamb (knee) is listed as out for Tuesday's game against the 76ers.
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