Pacers Improve Backcourt Scoring In Signing Jeremy Lamb

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Pacers Improve Backcourt Scoring In Signing Jeremy Lamb

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Pacers Improve Backcourt Scoring In Signing Jeremy Lamb

The Pacers made an early move in the unrestricted part of free agency by signing scorer Jeremy Lamb. Where does Lamb fit into the new-look Pacers?

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INDIANAPOLISIn 7 NBA seasons, across two stops, Jeremy Lamb has seen his numbers gradually rise.

 

From Oklahoma City (2012-15), to Charlotte (2015-19), Lamb’s ascension and career season last year has the Pacers hoping to see that growth continue.

 

“What we’re so happy to be getting with Jeremy is a player that over the last 5 years has shown steady growth and improvement in his game,” Kevin Pritchard says. 

 

“He’s a guy that can start, but he also has the ability and efficiency to be a high-level player off the bench. His ability to make plays both for himself and for others will be of great value to our team.”

 

Lamb is primarily known as a scorer.

 

The lanky 6-5 guard/forward averaged a career-high 15.3 points per game last year, shooting 34.8 percent from three.

 

In his 7 seasons, Lamb has started just 86 games, with 55 of those coming last year in Charlotte.

 

Given Victor Oladipo’s injury situation, Lamb is a likely starter early on in his new home, but should then slide to the 6th man role once the Pacers best player returns.

 

“Whatever role I’m given, whether that’s starting, whether that’s coming off the bench, whether that’s scoring, whether that’s defense, whatever that is, I’m going to go out there and do it to the best of my ability,” the former 12th overall pick says

 

“With Victor being out, all of us have to step up and all of us have to be ready to play. It’s only going to make us better when he does come back.”

 

Along with the ability to create his own shot, Lamb also has produced some nice rebounding numbers as of late, which is something the Pacers have taken note of, considering how poor they’ve recently been in that area.

 

The three-year deal for Lamb has the 27-year-old on a very similar timeline as many others on the Pacers roster.

 

Lamb’s strength in what he now brings to Indiana is what we heard Pritchard and Nate McMillan talk about improving several times following the end to the 2018-19 season.

 

“They bring the ability to score,” McMillan says of what the Pacers did this summer. “We are longer and we should be an even better defensive team, and can create offense.”

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