Lamb with the Charlotte Hornets in 2018
|No. 26 – Indiana Pacers|
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|Born||May 30, 1992|
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||Norcross (Norcross, Georgia)|
|NBA draft||2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall|
|Selected by the Houston Rockets|
|2012–2015||Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Jeremy Emmanuel Lamb (born May 30, 1992) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Pacers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). As a freshman, he was the second-leading scorer on the 2011 national champion UConn Huskies team.
High school career
Lamb attended Norcross High School in Norcross, Georgia, where he captained the basketball team and averaged 20 points and 6 rebounds per game, leading Norcross to the regional championship, the Elite 8 of the state playoffs and a final record of 27–3. He was recruited by UConn after drawing the attention of coach Jim Calhoun, who felt that Lamb reminded him of former UConn star Richard "Rip" Hamilton.
During his freshman year at UConn, Lamb played in every game. He averaged 11.1 points per game, which was second on the team behind Kemba Walker. He scored a career-high 24 points against Marquette on January 25, 2011. In the 2011 Big East Tournament, Lamb averaged 14.2 points and helped the 9th-seeded Huskies win the tournament and earn a #3 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
In the 2011 NCAA Tournament, Lamb increased his scoring output to 16.2 points per game, and tied his career-high with 24 points against San Diego State in the Sweet 16 on March 24, 2011. Preceding UConn's Final Four game against Kentucky, Lamb was 11-for-15 from three-point range in the NCAA Tournament, the highest all-time percentage by a player who has reached the Final Four. In the national title game, he scored 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds as the Huskies defeated Butler by a score of 53–41.
Following the season, he was invited to the June 17–24, 2011, 17-man tryouts for the 12-man FIBA Under-19 World Cup team by USA Basketball, and was ultimately selected to be a part of the team. The 12 selected players competed as Team USA in the 2011 FIBA U19 World Cup in Latvia, from June 30 to July 10, 2011. Lamb was the only American player selected to the five-man All-Tournament Team.
The 2012 basketball season was a bitter disappointment for both Lamb and UConn. Lamb and UConn in general despite their overall talent failed to meet expectations after suffering a losing record in Big East play during the regular season and bowing out in the first round of the NCAA Tournament after losing to Iowa State University. Following the 2012 season, Lamb declared for the NBA draft.
Oklahoma City Thunder (2012–2015)
Lamb was selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft by the Houston Rockets. On October 27, 2012, Lamb was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder along with Kevin Martin, two first-round draft picks, and a second-round draft pick, in exchange for James Harden, Cole Aldrich, Lazar Hayward and Daequan Cook.
During his rookie season, Lamb had several assignments with the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League. On February 4, 2013, Lamb was named to the Futures All-Star roster for the 2013 NBA D-League All-Star Game. However, he was replaced by Tony Mitchell because he was later recalled by the Thunder, and thus was not an "active" player on a D-League roster at the time of the game.
On December 29, 2013, Lamb scored a then career-high 22 points in a 117–86 win over the Houston Rockets. On November 14, 2014, he recorded his first career double-double with career-highs of 24 points and 10 rebounds in a loss to the Detroit Pistons.
Charlotte Hornets (2015–2019)
On June 25, 2015, Lamb was traded to the Charlotte Hornets in exchange for Luke Ridnour and a 2016 second-round draft pick. On November 2, 2015, he signed a three-year, $21 million contract extension with the Hornets. The following day, he scored a season-high 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting in a 130–105 win over the Chicago Bulls. He surpassed that mark on January 4, 2016, scoring 22 points in a 111–101 loss to the Golden State Warriors.
On November 26, 2016, after recovering from a hamstring injury that sidelined him for 10 games, Lamb made his first start for the Hornets and had a career-best game with 18 points and a career-high 17 rebounds in a 107–102 win over the New York Knicks. Lamb set a season high in points for a second straight game on November 28, recording 21 points and nine rebounds off the bench in a 104–85 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Prior to the start of the 2018–19 season, Lamb was named the team's starting shooting guard. On November 21, he scored 21 points on a career-high five 3-pointers in a 127–109 win over the Indiana Pacers. On December 26, he scored 31 points in a 134–132 double-overtime loss to the Brooklyn Nets. On March 24, 2019, he banked home a half-court shot at the buzzer to lift the Hornets to a 115–114 win over the Raptors. It was the second-longest game-winning buzzer-beater in the previous 20 seasons. Lamb would hit another game winning 3-pointer against the Raptors less than two weeks later with 3.3 seconds remaining to lift the Hornets to a 113–111 win on April 5.
Indiana Pacers (2019–present)
On July 7, 2019, Lamb signed a three-year contract worth $31.5 million with the Indiana Pacers. On February 24, 2020, the Indiana Pacers announced that Lamb had sustained a torn left anterior cruciate ligament, a torn lateral meniscus, and a lateral femoral condylar fracture during an 81–127 blowout loss to the Toronto Raptors hosted on February 23. This injury sidelined Lamb for the remainder of the 2019–20 season.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
Lamb is the son of Rolando and Angela Lamb and is the third of four siblings. His father is a pastor, and a former college basketball player who famously scored a game-winning buzzer-beater for Virginia Commonwealth against Northeastern in the 1984 NCAA Tournament. His brother, Zach, played college basketball for Cal State Bakersfield.
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- 2012-13 NBA Assignments Archived 2014-03-27 at the Wayback Machine
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- Notebook: Thunder 117, Rockets 86
- Thunder vs. Detroit Pistons Game Recap - Nov. 14, 2014
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- Hornets top Knicks 107-102 to snap 4-game skid
- Walker and Lamb lead Hornets past Grizzlies, 104-85
- Raptors overcome sluggish start to beat Hornets 129-111
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