Norcross' Lamb has trip to Atlanta delayed by trade

Jeremy Lamb's second NBA game was supposed to be a homecoming trip to Atlanta. But that was when the Norcross graduate and former Connecticut standout was with Houston.

Now the first-round draft choice is with the Thunder and his first game against the Hawks will be Sunday in Oklahoma City rather than Friday at Philips Arena.

Lamb was part of the blockbuster trade that sent James Harden to the Rockets and he will now have to battle for playing time as a rookie on a team that played Miami for the NBA title last season.

The Thunder are again expected to battle Los Angeles for the Western Conference title and one of the many new players on the Lakers is fellow Norcross grad Jodie Meeks. He signed with Los Angeles as a free agent after playing with Philadelphia.

Other than the Hawks' Lou Williams, who was Meeks' teammate with the 76ers, all the NBA players who went to high school in Gwinnett are in the Western Conference, meaning they get just one trip home each season.

Joining Lamb and Meeks are New Orleans' Al-Farouq Aminu of Norcross and the Los Angeles Clippers' Trey Thompkins of Wesleyan.

Berkmar's Wesley Witherspoon, who finished his college career at Memphis last season, was a late cut by San Antonio after going undrafted. Norcross' Gani Lawal, an early second-round pick by Phoenix in 2010 out of Georgia Tech, is playing in Italy.

Lamb was the 12th overall pick in the draft after averaging 17.7 points per game as a sophomore at Connecticut. The Huskies won the NCAA title with a victory over Butler when he was a freshman.

Meeks signed with the Lakers as a backup for Kobe Bryant after averaging 10.5 and 8.4 points as a starter in Philadelphia the past two seasons. He was a second-round draft pick by Milwaukee in 2009 after a recording-setting career at Kentucky and has made 37 percent of his 3-point tries in the NBA.

Aminu, a first-round pick out of Wake Forest by the Clippers in 2010, is in his second season with New Orleans and third in the NBA. He averaged 6.0 and 4.7 rebounds last season.

Thompkins, an early second-round pick in 2011 out of Georgia, got into just 24 games as a rookie with the Clippers last season and has been slowed by a knee injury suffered during the summer.


Five players from Gwinnett high schools opened the season on NBA rosters.

Player High School NBA Team

Al-Farouq Aminu Norcross Hornets

Jeremy Lamb Norcross Thunder

Jodie Meeks Norcross Lakers

Trey Thompkins Wesleyan Clippers

Lou Williams South Gwinnett Hawks