The Orlando Magic come into this season with several players about to begin their sophomore seasons in the NBA. One of those players is guard Doron Lamb. Lamb will be expected to provide a 3-point shooting spark off the bench for the Magic.
2012-13 Season Recap
Doron Lamb was selected in the 2nd round of the 2012 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. He spent most of his time with the Bucks at the end of the bench. The sharpshooter had a difficult start to his rookie campaign as Lamb suffered a torn elbow ligament, which forced him to miss training camp last season.
Lamb only averaged 12 minutes a game and was a non-factor in most games for the Bucks. Then on Feb. 21, Lamb was acquired by the Orlando Magic as a part of the J.J. Redick trade to the Milwaukee Bucks. Despite the trade, Lamb’s minutes with the Magic were nearly identical with Lamb averaging 12.2 minutes vs. 12.4 minutes with the Bucks. The best performance of the season for Lamb came against his former team, the Milwaukee Bucks on April 10. Lamb put up 16 points in the 113-103 victory over his former team and shot 4-of-6 from the 3-point range.
Unlike the rest of the Magic players, Doron Lamb focused on losing weight during the offseason rather than gaining weight. Lamb lost 10 pounds during the offseason and thus far has been one of the best players during training camp.
Rookie guard Victor Oladipo wasn’t the only player experimenting with the point guard position for the first time. During the Orlando Pro Summer League, Lamb also served as the starting shooting guard and backup point guard. Lamb showcased improved ball handling in the summer.
Entering his second season, Lamb has the ability to be a solid rotation player for the Magic. Lamb is a solid defensive player, who can handle the ball around the perimeter and is capable of being a 3-point shooting magician. Last season, Lamb shot 36.8 percent from the 3-point range. In his final season at Kentucky, Lamb was No. 2 on the Wildcats in scoring, averaging 13.7 points per game and shooting a blistering 46.7 percent from the 3-point range. If Lamb is able to earn more playing this season, he should be able to put up similar shooting numbers.
Doran Lamb could be a subject of a musical chair-like scenario for the 2nd year pro. He could be the backup behind Aaron Afflalo at shooting guard, with Oladipo most likely being the backup to Jameer Nelson at point guard. It’s also possible that E’Twaun Moore could earn the backup role forcing Lamb towards the end of the bench. The only thing that is certain with Lamb is that he will make the roster after having a great training camp, Hoopsworld’s Steve Kyler said during his weekly chat.
Heard great things about Doron Lamb, E’twaun Moore and Arron Afflalo… I expect more from Mo Harkless this year too.
I envision that Lamb will earn the backup shooting guard role ahead of Moore. Lamb’s length, improved ball handling, fitness and 3-point shooting ability should give him the leg up in the backup shooting guard race.