Jeremy Lamb sent to the NBA D-League

The Oklahoma City Thunder have sent rookie shooting guard Jeremy Lamb to its D-League affiliate, the Tulsa 66ers, according to a report in The Oklahoman Thursday.

Lamb, a first team All-Big East selection last season, was selected No. 12 overall by Houston and was traded to Oklahoma City as part of the James Harden blockbuster deal.

Normally, lottery picks aren’t sent to the D-League, but Lamb is a special case: Because he was traded to a contender, Lamb is buried on the Oklahoma City bench behind Kevin Durant, Kevin Martin and Thabo Sefolosha. A stint in the Developmental League at least gives him a chance to earn some minutes.

“I think it’s going to be great for him to get on the court and play,” Thunder coach Scott Brooks told The Oklahoman. “That’s the great advantage that we have in Tulsa, one, it’s right down the road…so we get to follow them and they do everything we do. And (coach) Darko (Rajakovic) does a great job. I’ve seen him in action, so (Lamb’s) going to get great work on the practice floor and game floor. But we like what he does. He has a very high skill set. He definitely needs to continue to develop his body and his game, but that’s a great position for him to be in.”

Lamb’s teammate,  former UConn big man Hasheem Thabeet, also was shipped to the D-League as a rookie. Thabeet is currently averaging 3.6 points and 3.6 boards in a reserve role with the Thunder.