Shut the front door.

That is precisely what John Hammond did after climbing into his vehicle on the night of June 28 following the 2012 National Basketball Association Draft.

He had been there and done that numerous times during his seven seasons as vice president of basketball operations with the Detroit Pistons and in his four previous drafts as general manager of the Milwaukee Bucks.

This time, though, Hammond sensed something different.

July 16, 2012 - Las Vegas, NV -- The Milwaukee Bucks (1-0) held off a late rally by the New Orleans Hornets (0-2) for a 76-68 win in 2012 NBA Summer League action from UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center. Milwaukee broke out to an 18-point lead on two occasions in the fourth quarter only to see New Orleans rattle off a 15-0 run to pull within one with 42 seconds remaining in the game. The comeback attempt was halted when the Bucks scored nine of the contest's final 11 points.

The Debut

Doron Lamb came in like a lion. He made easy work of East Tennessee State. Fresh out of high school, he found 20 points, made 3-5 three-pointers, and added three assists. In his first game at Kentucky, you could see that the transition from high school to college was not so much a protracted growth as it was a natural evolution. You could see he was not going to be hanging around Lexington for long.

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