Lamb has more competition for playing time heading into the 2017-18 season after the Hornets selected Malik Monk with the 11th overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft. Lamb was already struggling for playing time in Charlotte, never having averaged more than 20 minutes per game over his five-year career, and the selection of Monk makes it very hard to believe Lamb will buck the trend in the season ahead, even with Marco Belinelli being shipped to Atlanta days earlier. If Monk struggles to begin his rookie season, the Hornets still have far more incentive leaving the rookie on the court since they're not exactly a team that will be in contention for a title in the near future.
Lamb scored 21 points (7-18 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 6-6 FT) while adding five rebounds, two steals and an assist in 33 minutes off the bench during Tuesday's 103-76 loss to the Hawks. With a number of Charlotte starters seeing reduced minutes or sitting entirely in a meaningless finale, Lamb saw an increased workload and produced his first game with 20 or more points in nearly a month. The 24-year-old finishes the 2016-17 season having set new career highs in points and boards per game, but has never averaged even 20 minutes a game in his NBA career.
Lamb submitted 13 points (6-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt), five rebounds and one steal across 15 minutes in a 122-114 win over the Nuggets on Friday. Both of the Hornets' top wing reserves, Lamb and Marco Belinelli (11 points in 19 minutes), enjoyed productive games, though Lamb's 6-of-8 showing looks to be more of an outlier. In his previous eight outings, Lamb shot just 40 percent from the field, so it would probably be unwise to bank on him replicating Friday's performance in the Hornets' next contest Sunday against the Thunder.
Lamb posted 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-4 3Pt), three assists, three rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot over 17 minutes in Monday's 105-90 win over the Hawks. Lamb has settled back into a bench role for the past two games but saw some quality minutes on Monday as the Hornets largely had their way with the Hawks. As long as Nicolas Batum remains healthy, Lamb will stay in a reserve role and holds little fantasy value, unless you own Batum and need insurance for a playoff run in non-DFS formats.
Lamb will head back to the bench for Saturday's tilt against the Wizards, Stephanie Ready of Fox Sports Southeast reports. With Nicolas Batum (head) back in the starting five after missing two games with a migraine headache, Lamb will head back to the bench. He's averaging 9.7 points and 4.4 rebounds across 18.8 minutes per game on the season.
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