Hornets new alternate uniform
Among his many tattoos, Jeremy Lamb sports two different designs on each hand.
On his left is an image of a bucket, which he says is for the shots he makes. On his right is a dagger symbol for the ones that fall in clutch situations.
And much like Lamb’s tattoos signify, the Charlotte Hornets see him as a shooter, a solution to the team’s 3-point shooting woes.
The Hornets acquired Lamb from the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday in a two-trade process. Charlotte sent Matt Barnes to the Memphis Grizzlies for point guard Luke Ridnour, who was then packaged with a conditional 2016 second-round pick to get Lamb.
“It just gives me a fresh start,” Lamb, 23, said Friday after an introductory news conference. “It gives me an opportunity to try to get a role and just play. I’m going to make the most of it. I’m just going to work hard and try my best to put myself in a position to play and have a role on this team.”
Originally selected by the Houston Rockets in the first round of the 2012 draft, Lamb was included in the trade that sent James Harden to Houston. Lamb has spent all three of his NBA seasons with the Thunder, mostly on the bench.
In 148 games with Oklahoma City, Lamb, who is 6-foot-5 and can play shooting guard and small forward, averaged seven points, 2.1 rebounds and 15.7 minutes per game. He has started eight games in his career, all last season.
Lamb’s arrival in Charlotte reunites him with college teammate and Hornets point guard Kemba Walker. The duo teamed up to win the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball championship at Connecticut, where Lamb said they fed off each other offensively.
“The way he can penetrate, people have to help off,” said Lamb, who will wear No. 3 for the Hornets. “If my man would help off, he’d hit me and I’d knock it down. And if I hit two or three and they can’t help, he’s to the rim. ... I just let him rock, and if my man leaves me, I’m going to knock it down.”
After shooting a league-worst 31.8 percent from behind the arc this past season, the additions of Lamb, a career 34.8 percent 3-point shooter, and Nicolas Batum indicate Charlotte’s push to upgrade its shooting.
Along with the selection of Wisconsin center-forward Frank Kaminsky in the first round of Thursday’s draft, Batum said the Hornets are already taking steps toward improving next season.
“When you have a lot of guys who work hard, generally work together and like each other, the sky is the limit,” Lamb said. “I feel like we can do a lot if we come in focused, just ready to play our game and everybody is making extra passes. Little things like that really help the team as a whole. I feel like the sky is the limit.”