How can Jeremy Lamb help the Hornets this season?
The Charlotte Hornets need more athleticism and more shooting. Over the last couple seasons, those two traits were sorely missed on a team that's stingy defense has struggled to bail out its putrid attack.
But Jeremy Lamb may be the answer. Here's how he can help the Hornets in 2016, per SB Nation's At the Hive:
Lamb only appeared in 43 games for the Oklahoma City Thunder last year (down from 78 the previous season). He's a decent outside shooter, but can stand to improve as a catch-and-shoot threat. And his physical makeup (he's long and twitchy) suggests that defense shouldn't be much of a problem.
Lamb's first three NBA seasons weren't particularly exciting, but in a larger role on Charlotte he may finally blossom into a solid rotation player.
While Charlotte is a fresh start for Lamb, he'll immediately be in competition for minutes with Hairston, Batum, and Lin. If Lamb can hit shots consistently and improve his all-around game, he could become the first player off the bench on the wing. That said, Hairston could take most of those minutes if Lamb falls behind. Lamb can be a solid role player for this team if all goes well, and at only 23 years old, he's sure to improve.