Jeremy Lamb claimed he doesn't sense the Oklahoma City Thunder's 'need' to use him in the rotation. With Russell Westbrook now scheduled to miss the first 4-6 weeks of the season the team will need Lamb to sense the need to produce.

The Oklahoma City Thunder players and coaches praised Jeremy Lamb’s progression and summer development during the team’s media day Sept. 27.

Kevin Durant didn’t hesitate to answer "Jeremy Lamb" when asked who he thought had changed their game the most in the offseason. "You can tell he’s been working."

"We're excited about Jeremy (Lamb) and what he brings to the team" Scott Brooks explained. "He has a lot of areas he is going to improve on the next six or seven years with us."

Along with Reggie Jackson Lamb was expected to absorb a majority of the minutes left behind by Kevin Martin who bolted for Minnesota during the offseason. However after news broke Tuesday that Russell Westbrook is expected to miss the first 4-6 weeks of the season Lamb’s role became much bigger than expected.

"I don’t sense a need really" Lamb replied when asked before the announcement of Westbrook's second surgery if he sensed the need for the Thunder to use him in the rotation. "But I do think it’s going to be a good year."

If Lamb didn’t sense the need Friday it’s almost certain he does now.