Doron Lamb will be watching the NBA draft very carefully as the second-year guard from Orlando, who completed his rookie season with the Orlando Magic, tries to determine what his future role may be with the team.
Lamb saw extensive minutes late in the season for an Orlando Magic team that had the worst record in basketball, but has committed itself to a youth movement. Lamb figures he could be a major part of this movement and that might still be the case.
But if the Magic goes for guards in a major way in this draft, the writing will be on the wall for Lamb.
Lamb started out his rookie season with the Milwaukee Bucks and played 23 games, averaging 12.1 minutes, 3.4 points and 0.9 assists while shooting 34.7 percent from the floor and 53.3 percent from the line.
Then he went to Orlando and saw action in 24 games, averaging 12.4 minutes, 3.2 points and 1.2 boards a game, while shooting 39.7 percent from the floor, 47.6 in threes and 63.2 in free throws. His shooting improved with Orlando and needs to get better. He played well late in the season, but Orlando had a second-half collapse and was just concerned with getting five guys on the court for a full game.
Lamb has a future with Orlando possibly as a backup. What the Magic does in the draft and in other offseason moves could determine exactly where he’ll be at next season. He’s young enough to still have a future with the NBA, but it might not be in Orlando.